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Dr Andrew Dearden

...on his temper, lobotomists and Ghandi

...on his temper, lobotomists and Ghandi

The best thing about my practice is my partners and staff.

And the worst is Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.

My greatest fear is not being there if my family need me.

The trait I most dislike in myself is my temper – I have spent 20 years controlling it and not being controlled by it.

Other people's expectation of what I can, should and must do is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

The time a guy phoned the surgery informing me his wife said he had to book an appointment with our 'lobotomist' for a blood test is my funniest moment as a GP.

Some Pacific island with a beautiful ocean view from the consulting room window is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

The vehicle I own is a K-reg Jaguar Sovereign in excellent condition (everything else is in my wife's name).

My most treasured possessions are my wife and kids (even if that is not strictly PC).

My favourite word is absolutely.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilly.

My guiltiest pleasure is looking for the perfect box of chocolates, in which every one is one I like.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is people who whinge and then wait for someone else to fix their problems.

If I could do one thing to change the world it would be to choose leaders who were more interested in the needs of their people than in themselves.

The most important thing the winner of the GPC elections should address is the profession's confidence in itself.

My favourite era of history is ancient Egypt.

My greatest achievement is being happily married for 22 years and that my kids (aged 19, 16 and 12) still seem to enjoy spending time with me by themselves.

Nothing keeps me awake at night.

I relax by spending time with family, reading and watching films.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Ghandi, Confucius, and Gordon B Hinkley.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a merciless corporate lawyer or a charity fundraiser.

Ideal dinner party guests would be for Gandhi, Confucius and Gordon B Hinkley Dr Andrew Dearden CV CV

• GP in Cardiff
• GPC Wales chair and GPC negotiator
• Candidate for the GPC chair
• Recently spearheaded the BMA's battle to win a judicial review over the Government's plan to cap GP pensions
• Born in Wales, but emigrated to Australia with his parents before he was a year old

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