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Dr Brian McGregor

... on laser questing, PCT managers and OOH care

... on laser questing, PCT managers and OOH care

The best thing about my practice is the staff, without whom the job would be unbearable.

And the worst is working with a PCT in deficit – any innovation is impossible to get started.

My greatest fear is Labour will win the next election and continue to privatise the NHS.

The traits I most dislike in myself are being too opinionated and winding people up for fun.

The trait I most dislike in others is not standing up for what they believe in, then complaining about what happens.

The best thing about being a GP is the doctor-patient relationship – the greatest privilege in the world is someone trusting you with their health.

I would improve out-of-hours care with proper investment and incentivising of local GPs.

In my view, out-of-hours care is facing a crisis because the Government underestimated both the cost and how much could be done by non-medically qualified staff.

Weak, ineffective and overly promoted PCT management is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

York (or failing that, I could happily settle for Cyprus) is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

My most treasured possession is a collection of photographs of my childhood and family.

My favourite word is bollocks! It frequently encapsulates both my opinion and latest trendy Department of Health plans.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Dan Brown's Deception Point, having just finished his Digital Fortress.

My guiltiest pleasure is food, always in excess.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is nagging (please, nobody show my wife this!)

My greatest achievement is a happy marriage over the past 18 years and four great sons. Professionally, persuading 25 practices to form a single PBC group in York.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to get rid of weapons of any kind.

Weighing myself makes me depressed.

Anaphylaxis due to a locum not reading past medical history and giving NSAIDs is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

I relax by shooting hoops with my boys, laser questing, music and watching football.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Homer Simpson, to avoid my being the fattest and most stupid, Dr Laurence Buckman for the wit and wisdom, David Beckham who was very kind to my son, The Corrs and Steven Gerrard.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a politician.

Successful resuscitation of a 34-week unexpected home delivery is my funniest moment as a GP (you had to be there, and it was only funny after the event!) The mum pulling me back and thanking me for letting her cut the cord when all I wanted to do was get the baby sucked out and breathing!

My favourite fictional GP is Doc Martin - an absolute star and the first medical programme worth watching since Cardiac Arrest.


• GP in York
• Vice-chair of North Yorkshire LMC
• Outspoken critic of Government's out-of-hours strategy

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