I was very sorry to hear of Donald's passing.I first met and worked with him, when I was a research associate on the Standards and Performance in General Practice study, in the late 1980s.This was an exciting and inspiring project to work on; I still cite it in my teaching today.As a newcomer to the northeast and to Newcastle University, Donald made me very welcome, and encouraged me in my career in applied health research, including in primary care settings, acting as a referee as I advanced to more senior positions.He clearly had a great love for his patients, and they would have been very lucky to have him as their GP.He will be much missed.
Report abuse13:46 4th Dec 2018
I was very sad indeed to hear the news of Sir Donald's passing. I worked on the research team he led with Ian Russell, and remember many interesting team meetings where he would contribute wisely and incisively to the discussion. I am sure that research project would not have been possible without his inspiration and drive, and my involvement contributed significantly to my subsequent academic career. I am very grateful, and wish his wife and family my most sincere condolences.
Report abuse13:02 4th Dec 2018
I am sorry to hear of Sir Donald's passing. His influence on the quality of primary care in the UK was enormous. At a personal level, he was a significant influence on my career both as a young general practitioner and as a young academic researcher. I will always be grateful for his support.
Report abuse12:26 4th Dec 2018