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At the heart of general practice since 1960

CV: Dr Howard Freeman

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

At the time it was the in career option for medical students. Amazing how the wheel turns full circle.

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

Probably would have been a vet. I often regret I didn't go for veterinary medicine as animals are probably easier in many cases than people to deal with.

Who's your career role model/guru?

I don't have one

but I hope others

model themselves

on me.

What's your career high-point so far?

The reintroduction of practice-based commissioning.

The low point?

The end of practice based-commissioning the last time round.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

My collection of British Rail posters for holidays on the Norfolk Broads. I have had several offers from patients to buy them from me but have resisted to date.

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

Sleep.

What's your fantasy career move?

To become Secretary of State for Health because just like them I know I have the solution.

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

Probably not taking the opportunity to stand for Parliament so I could have become the Secretary of State for Health.

Howard Freeman is joint chair of the executive committee and joint medical director of Sutton and Merton PCT. He is a senior partner in one of the largest group practices in London and was a founder and vice-chair of the National Association of Fundholding Practices and is currently a council member and a member of the executive of the National Association of Primary Care. He is on the GMC Professional Conduct Committee

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