Willen GP dies on Christian travels

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A former Willen Surgery GP has died suddenly during a religious pilgrimage across the Pyrenees.

Dr Agnelo Lobo, who was 60, completed 700 kilometres of the ancient Christian trail.

His fellow trekkers found him dead in camp one morning and it is believed he suffered a heart attack in his sleep.

Ironically his specialist interest was in cardiology, but it is not believed he had shown any previous symptoms of a heart problem.

Dr Lobo was at the centre of the Willen Surgery controversy when he resigned from the practice seven months ago.

His fellow GP Obiako Okafor had been suspended by the GMC and Dr Lobo, despite his pleas to the NHS for help, was struggling to cope alone.

After he quit the surgery immediately closed and has never re-opened.

NHS England has since transferred thousands of Willen patients to neighbouring surgeries.

After his resignation Dr Lobo was also suspended by the GMC for health reasons.

It is not known whether that suspension had been lifted before he died.

Fellow city doctors attended his funeral which was held this month. Former patients have also paid tribute to his skill as a family GP.

“He was a lovely man and a good doctor. We are all very shocked to hear of his death,” said one.

Another said: “This is another tragic twist in what has been a long and horrible saga for Willen surgery, its doctors and its patients.”