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CV: Dr Andy Jones

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

A combination of staying with a GP in Huddersfield for two weeks at medical school and deciding hospital employment as a surgeon would be constraining.

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

I've already done one

U-turn out of transplant surgery.

Who's your career role model/guru?

My senior partner has certainly given me a few pointers. In the media it would be Celia Hall (a Pulse graduate now medical editor at the Daily Telegraph) and in politics Andrew Lansley, shadow Health Secretary.

What's your career high-point so far?

Pulse columnist? Seriously, being appointed as a GP principal, although spinning the flu vaccine shortage story to the broadsheets and briefing the Opposition for Prime Minister's Questions was pretty satisfying.

And the low-point?

Being stuck in US immigration for three hours as a medical student on my elective. The mutual agreement for medical student electives in the US would seem not to be mutual after all!

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

A big gap for my World Cup 2006 wall planner.

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

Running; survivor of two London Marathons.

What's your fantasy career move?

In a dream world, swapping shirts with Wayne Rooney, though, I could put to good use a week as Health Secretary.

What's your greatest mistake in your career so far?

Spending my elective in a US trauma centre. My brother came back recently from Uganda with Medecins Sans Frontières ­ a far more worthwhile humanitarian and uplifting experience.

Andy Jones is a Pulse columnist and a GP in Stamford, Lincolnshire ­ he will be hosting the one-day Pulse seminar on practice-based commissioning, 'PBC ­ Opportunities and Threats', on May 23, 2006 at the Royal College of Physicians

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