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Dr Clarissa Fabre

on women GPs, 2007 and Wayne Rooney

on women GPs, 2007 and Wayne Rooney

The best thing about my practice is it's situated in a gorgeous tile-hung building in Sussex. It's warm, friendly and happy.

And the worst is we're too squashed in our premises – it's bursting at the seams.

My greatest fear is the future of the NHS – the prospect of private companies owning practices, the loss of autonomy and the doctor-patient relationship.

Having too much paperwork is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

The Medical Women's Federation keeps me awake at night, as I have to organise a lot of conferences and dinners. That and being too busy.

The trait I most dislike in myself is I'm very frank and sometimes a bit abrupt.

The trait I most dislike in others is lack of commitment and passion.

My most treasured possession is my family.

The book I'm reading at the moment is the biography of Wayne Rooney. The members of my book group are each reading a biography – everyone else is doing Shakespeare and people like that.

My favourite word is adorable.

My guiltiest pleasure is a meringue full of cream that a patient has just given me (our patients get us lots of presents).

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to improve the lives of not just women doctors but their families.

I get depressed by not being able to do everything I want to do to the standard I want to do it, and not having enough time to do things.

My hopes for 2007 are professionally, a year where I can get the enjoyment back in general practice. Personally, I'm looking forward to my daughter getting married.

The key things in general practice this year will be resolution of the issues around Choose and Book and practice-based commissioning, I hope. Choose and Book is a shambles. PBC is a glimmer of hope, where doctors can take a little bit of control back. I'd like to see the emphasis on good patient care and less about filling in forms.

My new year's resolution is to get my work-life balance right.

I relax by going for a walk in the field behind my house, sitting and reading the paper by the fire or going to the opera.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a consultant, or a professor of paediatrics or something like that. But having had kids, I've changed my direction.

The one thing that will improve status for women in general practice is not forcing them into subordinate salaried roles, and more access to profit-sharing partnerships.


  • Dr Clarissa Fabre is a full-time GP principal in Uckfield, East Sussex
  • She is honorary secretary of the Medical Women's Federation, which works to advance women in the medical profession

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