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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Dr Abayomi McEwen

...on stealing sweets, materialism and QOF target fear

...on stealing sweets, materialism and QOF target fear

The best things about my practice are being able to shut the door, forget about the targets and deal directly with the patients.

The trait I most deplore about myself is being bossy and running late.

The trait I most deplore in others is not being entirely honest. I like to know exactly where I stand with people.

My most treasured possession is my family. Without them, I'd be lost.

My greatest achievement has been to be able to build a second family; my partner and I are both previously divorced.

My greatest fear is making avoidable mistakes.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be nobody famous. It would be people I know that enjoy food and can have a good laugh.

The materialism in this country and the lack of appreciation for life gets me depressed.

The best meal I've ever eaten was only recently and it was an Indian cooked by a friend of mine. Everything was done from scratch and the flavours were amazing.

Opening my mouth and upsetting somebody keeps me awake at night.

The open-ended commitment is the most annoying thing about being a GP, because you're always on call, even if technically you aren't.

My most vivid schooldays memory is stealing sweets from the tuck shop and being ill later that night.

My guiltiest pleasure is taking a siesta. They're the most wonderful things in the world.

The book I'm reading at the moment is John Grisham's latest. I'm not really enjoying it as much as his others. I'm also reading Humanity and Healthcare by Peter Barritt and Iona Heath.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to convince people that they don't need to fight.

I relax by sleeping, cycling and eating with friends and family.

If I wasn't a GP I would be an actor.

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