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Gold, incentives and meh

Dr Alison Stewart

... on wine, bananas and chocolate

... on wine, bananas and chocolate

The best thing about my practice is my room – there's a wonderful view of treetops and it's lovely and light and sunny. The staff are wonderful too.

The worst is having to fill in forms and data entry all the time.

My greatest fear is making a bad mistake because I'm not keeping up with changes.

The trait I most dislike in myself is my lack of confidence. I always think I can't cope, but when it comes to it I usually can.

The trait I most dislike in others is aggression and intolerance.

People telling you how rich you are is the most annoying thing about being a GP. I hate the misconception that I am not doing any work and getting paid loads whereas since the new contract I work longer hours and much harder.

Patient surveys are a complete waste of time. Our practice manager Kate Harlow suggested we ask our patients what they thought of the £13m GP Patient Survey and they said it was a total waste of money. Why can't the money be rerouted into patient services?

The best thing about being a GP is having a rapport with patients and helping them.

My funniest moment as a GP was when someone came in with an intimate problem involving a banana.

My most treasured possession is my family photograph album.

My favourite word is happy.

My guiltiest pleasure is chocolate. It's how to get round me – buy me some chocolate!

If I could do one thing to change the world it would be stop the Government interfering with everything, especially the NHS.

My greatest achievement is running the London Marathon in 2001. As well as being a respected GP, of course!

Night sweats keep me awake at night.

I relax by running and playing tennis – and drinking wine!

Feeling that I am not on top of changes within the NHS and also never having quite tidied my study makes me depressed.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Steve Redgrave, James Nesbitt and Prince William. James because he's drop-dead gorgeous, William to see how ghastly being royal is, and Steve because I think he's achieved a lot and I'm fascinated about how he managed his diabetes and stayed at the top of his game for so long.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a PE and geography teacher – that's what I wanted to be when I was little.

My favourite fictional doctor is Dr Finlay from Dr Finlay's Casebook. I watched it when I was a child.


• A GP at Lonsdale Medical Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

• Local lead for diabetes

• Clinical assistant at local hospice at weekends

• Clinical governance for local out-of-hours service

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