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David Roberts: obituary

DDA chairman Dr West notes his commitment to dispensing practice

September 21st 2021

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By Ailsa Colquhoun

DDA Chairman Dr Richard West has sent condolences following the death of David Roberts, founder and chairman of the original Dispensing Doctors’ Association in 1984.

Dr West said: “I am very sorry to learn of David’s death.  Although David and the DDA grew apart, there was no doubting his commitment to dispensing and rural practice.”

Dr Roberts was born in 1940 and educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield and then Leeds Medical School where he qualified in 1967. After a series of hospital posts he entered general practice in 1970 and remained in dispensing practices for all of his career. First in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, later in Witham, Essex and finally in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire.

The ‘redistribution crisis’ together with Clothier and the Limited List all in 1984 moved Roberts to enter dispensing politics and to found the original Dispensing Doctors’ Association, which he chaired for many years. He was a member of the British Medical Association’s GP committee.

He was an enthusiastic believer in the service which dispensing doctors provide for their patients.

On retirement he started a consultancy for GPs wishing to dispense and wrote several books including The Complete Dispenser and Your Own Pharmacy: The guide for GPs.