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Light and shade

20 June 2017 - The Gisborne Herald, NZ Doctor
Tairawhiti Police medical doctor and Three Rivers GP Tom James was profiled in the latest edition of NZ Doctor by Cliff Taylor — the article was headlined A tale of two cities: GP scratches shiny surface to treat unseen ills.
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Tairawhiti Police medical doctor and Three Rivers GP Tom James

“I can see gang members in the police cells, and it’s never really a problem as long as you treat everyone with respect."

Dr Tom James

Like many others before him, GP Tom James came to Gisborne for “blue skies, sunshine, beaches and lifestyle factors”.

That was in 1994, and he has been here ever since. But as a police medical officer, Dr James gets to see another side of Gisborne life, existing just beneath the postcard image.

It’s light and shade, he says.

“But I think a community that hasn’t got a dark surface is one that you don’t know very well.” Read the full article.