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Independents' Day

Dr Ethie Kong

... on Pink Floyd, Sister Cecily and Monty Python

... on Pink Floyd, Sister Cecily and Monty Python

The best thing about my practice is the willingness to take on any challenging change and find solutions.

The worst thing about my practice is 10-minute consultations – not long enough to sort out my patients' complex problems.

Being an ex-PEC chair means I can give my feedback to the PCT, without the threat of being deemed non-corporate.

Being involved in NHS management has taught me to have a balanced view of the cost-effectiveness of running an organisation and the skills of credible leadership.

My most vivid schooldays memory is classmates singing Happy Birthday during lunch break and presenting me with Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon in front of formidable Sister Cecily.

My funniest moment as a GP was last year, when I received baby knitwear from patients. It transpired a patient had overheard at the bus stop that Dr Kong was pregnant and spread the news – but it was young Dr Kong, the diabetologist at the local hospital, not me.

Having a family and being a GP is a juggling act.

My guiltiest pleasure is indulging in retail therapy.

The person that influenced me most in my medical career is my GP trainer, Dr Mark Levy.

My favourite fictional doctor is Dr Quincy MD.

The trait I most dislike in myself is I'm sometimes unable to let go.

The trait I most dislike in others is dishonesty.

Working in a 10-practice consortium promotes shared clinical ownership and the valuing of each other's expertise.

My best feature is being reliable and loyal.

My greatest achievement is having two wonderful children who are very understanding about my working life.

If my life was a song it would be Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python.

The Government's health service reforms have done some good but drastically demoralised GPs and broken the continuity of care.

Practice-based commissioning will empower GPs in their service to patients.

The most annoying thing about being a GP is wherever you go, people expect free clinical advice.

My least attractive habit is being repetitive.

The vehicles I own are a Honda CR-V and a 14-year-old Vauxhall Corsa, which I cannot bear to part with.

My most treasured possessions are the Seiko watch given to me by my grandfather, and my home.


  • GP in Brent
  • Former PEC chair for Brent Teaching PCT
  • Chair and clinical lead of Harness GP Co-operative Consortium

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