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Dr Martin Hadley-Brown

... on fast cars, poetry and diabetes

... on fast cars, poetry and diabetes

The best thing about my practice is the people I work with, and the fact that I can like, trust and respect them.

And the worst is we're too busy, and just seem to keep getting even busier.

The trait I most dislike in myself is untidiness and not always meeting deadlines!

The trait I most dislike in others is dishonesty.

Being expected to intervene in non-medical problems because of the lack of appropriate help is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

The vehicle I own is a five-year-old Audi A6 Avant, which I've owned from new. My wife has just acquired a rather fast Audi A3, which I drive occasionally.

My most treasured possession is my music collection. A mixture of classical, jazz and some rock – far too tame for my offspring.

My favourite word is piffle.

The book I'm reading at the moment is 101 Poems which may save your life. Nothing bored me more at school than poetry, until an inspirational teacher encouraged me to discover reading poems for pleasure rather than as work.

My guiltiest pleasure is never you mind!

If I could do one thing to improve diabetes management, it would be making adequate information available to all people with diabetes to increase their empowerment to self-manage.

An important thing most GPs don't know about diabetes is that type 1 diabetes may present at any age, and that it is important to suspect it in symptomatically hyperglycaemic patients presenting with weight loss who generally need rapid treatment with insulin.

My greatest achievement is gathering the right team and helping to build this practice into a teaching and training organisation.

Virtually nothing other than sailing a boat at night keeps me awake at night.

The continual efforts of the Department of Health to impose poorly thought-out plans upon clinicians and to undermine our morale makes me depressed.

I relax by spending time at home, listening to choral music, and offshore sailing.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Nelson Mandela, Stephen Fry, Tracy Emin and Jane Asher if she'd do the dessert!

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be an engineer or a physicist.

My favourite fictional doctor is Dr McCoy from Star Trek – or rather, I'd like his diagnostic scanner!

• GP in Thetford, Norfolk
• Chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society
• He aims to combine his professional interests of general practice, diabetes and education in his work with the society

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