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Dr David Lyon

...on passion, Everton and being a rock star

...on passion, Everton and being a rock star

The most annoying thing about being a GP is bloody forms. We can't tell a story any more – we have to fill in a form.

The best request a patient has given for a sicknote was so that they didn't have to vote. The Labour party was coming to pick people up in a bus...

The best thing about my practice is my long-term relationships with the patients.

The worst thing about my practice is that it's busy. We have a lot of deprivation and it's never-ending – but that's part of the challenge.

I became involved with active case management because I could see things weren't co-ordinated, and people weren't getting as good a service as they deserve.

The best thing about Unique Care is actually working with social services. Together you can change the world – far better than any of us can do individually.

My one contribution is that I want people to care more. If this happens, we'll serve the population better.

Being involved in policy development allows me to let civil servants know what the reality is in general practice.

The trait I most dislike in myself is that at times I'm too passionate, which can tip into irritability.

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

My laptop is my most treasured possession. It's got all my data, photos and music on. What more could you want?

The book I'm reading at the moment is Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.

My favourite word is onomatopoeia.

I relax by listening to music. I would say watching football and rugby, but that's not relaxing – not if it's Everton!

If I wasn't a GP, I would probably be a lawyer, which is what I was always geared up to do before medical school. But in fantasy terms, I've always wanted to be a rock star.


• Dr David Lyon is a GP in Castlefields, Runcorn, involved with 'Unique Care' case management scheme

• He has advised the Department of Health on cutting emergency admissions

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