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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Detecting genetic diseases before implantation

Dr Chris Manning answers the Pulse careers questionnaire

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

The freedom it offered to deliver whole-systems approaches and personal care to people, as well as specialisation within the generality

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

A stand-up comedian

Who's your career role model/guru?

Dr Patch Adams

What's your career high-point so far?

Working with the wonderful people I meet in the charities, Depression Alliance and PrimHe (Primary Care Mental Health and Education)

And the low-point?

The introduction of internal market thinking and fundholding into general practice

Anything interesting on your surgery/office wall?

My family motto 'Never wrestle a pig; you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it' and my favourite saying from the CEO of the Eden Project: 'Nothing is impossible if people don't have to claim the credit for it'.

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

Walking; playing the piano and Hammond organ; being on my boat and canoeing

What's your fantasy career move?

To be a part of a political party that espouses human values, an evidence-based approach to decision-making, that builds sustainability and is made up of people with minimal personal psychopathology and unmet needs, who aren't obsessed with innovation and projects and have attention spans longer than those of a paramecium.

Dr Chris Manning is chief executive of PrimeHe (Primary Care Mental Health and Education) and honorary vice-president of Depression Alliance

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