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CV: Dr Sam Everington

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

The GPs in Tower Hamlets, who were doing some really inspirational work.

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

I qualified originally as a barrister and have been a welder in a shipbuilding yard and a cadet pilot in the RAF. I might have ended up doing any of those.

Who's your career role model/guru?

My senior GP partner, but she would be very embarrassed if I mentioned her name.

What's your career high-point so far?

Working with a fantastic team, in a healthy living centre, which includes artists, community care workers and patients.

And the low-point?

It was a low point but turned out very quickly to be a high point: not being selected to run for a parliamentary seat.

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

A picture from Pulse of one of the practice staff away-days, to Jersey. I've also got a sculpture by one of our artists who breaks up old typewriters and printers and turns them into amazing sculptures, and a piece by our practice nurse, who is also our resident artist.

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

Norway; ice skating ­ I can skate backwards; Arsenal ­ love your children, love their football team.

What's your fantasy career move?

To be an architect ­ I have built two log cabins in Norway, restored a derelict folly in Scotland and just finished restoring a derelict building in Turkey. My next project is with my six brothers and sisters to build a log cabin on my grandfather's farm in Norway.

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

Not becoming a doctor earlier.

Sam Everington is deputy chair of the BMA council and co-chairs its equal opportunities committee; he is a GP at a Government-acclaimed healthy living centre in Tower Hamlets and was also a commissioner for the Commission for Health Improvement and an adviser to a Labour shadow cabinet in the early 1990s ­ he is a non-practising barrister

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