Sark doctor announces resignation despite petitions

The decision taken by Sark's doctor to resign and leave the island has been met with shock by its community.

Dr Peter Counsell has been the only GP in Sark for almost four years, and petitions asking him to stay had been placed in shops and the island hall.

Diane Baker, chairwoman of Sark's Medical Committee, said she was shocked at the doctor's decision, which follows criticism by an island newsletter.

Dr Counsell declined to comment on his departure, which is due to be in July.

Last week's edition of the Sark Newsletter accused the doctor of neglect for failing to use neighbouring Brecqhou island's helicopter for medical evacuations.

This was strongly denied by Sark's Medical Committee, which pledged full support for Dr Counsell.

Ms Baker said: "I think he's been such a good doctor, he's good for all ages.

"I really didn't think that he would've gone."

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