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Can you beat this ludicrous title?

Dr Simon Fradd answers the Pulse careers questionnaire

What/who made you decide to go into general practice?

My boss in Cardiff who wanted to sack me as a surgeon. My back was up against the wall, but it was the best decision I ever made.

What would you have done if you hadn't been a doctor?

I suppose there are three options. I could have become a pyjama container specialist. I had a soft toy poodle with a zip which exposed a lovely pink interior. From the day I got it at the age of three, I operated on him by unzipping his belly. I still miss unzipping humans. I could have gone on the dole or I could have committed suicide. For me, from the age of three, there has never been a choice. Though it has not always been easy.

Who's your career role model/guru?

Bill lothian. He was

my family doctor. I was quite ill with measles at age five ( in retrospect

I had encephalitis ­ I have never been the same again).

He taught me card tricks on

his daily visits.

What's your career high point so far?

It has to be the new GMS contract, but I am certain the high point has not yet come. I believe UK health care will change out of all recognition, for the better, over the next five years.

And the low point?

Being sacked from the GPC. I wanted to complete my work on the superannuation changes but the committee did not trust me enough

to let me.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

A painting by a patient who came for advice on whether he should have his cold abdominal anuerysm operated on. I was very positive. He died under the anaesthetic.

What leisure interests do you/would you list on your Who's Who entry?

This would have been so much more interesting 20 years ago. Then it would have been skiing, sailing, tennis, cooking, sex and more sex. Now, sadly, it is work.

What's your fantasy career move?

Now that would be telling. Fantasies are very personal and have a habit of becoming true.

Simon Fradd is GP lead for Developing Patient Partnerships, a former GP negotiator and a GP in Nottingham

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