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Dr Fiona Cornish

... on Mars bars, terminations and ladybirds

... on Mars bars, terminations and ladybirds

The best thing about my practice is the interesting patients and my colleagues.

And the worst is being summoned when the burglar alarm goes off at the weekend.

My greatest fear is being given a deep-fried Mars bar at a dinner party.

The trait I most dislike in myself is impatience.

The traits I most dislike in others are sniffing, chewing gum and saying ‘like'.

Meeting bossy targets from the PCT is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

I could see medical abortions being absorbed into GP family planning clinics if adequate counselling were given and there was liaison with gynaecology wards so women could go in if they had complications.

I am in favour of prescribing women both medical termination pills because it would avoid two visits to hospital and gives women the option of having the termination at home.

I think nurses should be able to administer pills to women providing they are adequately trained in family planning and termination counselling.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is health and safety legislation.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to remove health pages from the internet.

My greatest achievement is being on the back page of Pulse.

The vehicle I own is a Toyota Previa.

Finding a live ladybird in an ear is my funniest moment as a GP.

Cambridge is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

My most treasured possession is my bicycle.

My favourite word is flugelhorn.

My guiltiest pleasure is eating expensive chocolates.

The book I'm reading at the moment is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

A ticking clock keeps me awake at night.

Computers that go wrong make me depressed.

I relax by singing.

A student's request for a letter to the exam board explaining she could not get up and therefore missed an exam is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Matthew Parris, Jonathan Dimbleby and Libby Purves.


• GP in a Cambridge University practice since 1990
• Treasurer of the Medical Women's Federation
• In favour of abortions in primary care settings but not without adequate resource

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