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Dr Phillip Fielding

on QOF robots, cake mix and painting

on QOF robots, cake mix and painting

The best thing about my practice is always knowing there is a surprise around the corner.

The worst is these surprises are getting very predictable!

My greatest fear is to be replaced by a QOF robot.

The trait I most dislike in myself is the English disease of always saying sorry.

The trait I most dislike in others is people forgetting to learn from the mistakes of history.

Waiting for a change of health minister makes me depressed.

Being mistaken as the visiting vet is my funniest moment as a GP.

Having to drive through traffic to unnecessary patients visits is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

My most treasured possession is my masterpiece watercolour I've yet to paint.

My least attractive habit is finishing other people's sentences.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Dante's The Divine Comedy and also Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

My guiltiest pleasure is offering to do the washing up when my wife bakes a cake and licking out the mix from the bowl.

My greatest achievement is building a supersurgery for five practices and 48,000 patients – without losing hair or sleep.

A dodgy Indian curry keeps me awake at night.

My most vivid schooldays memory is that those who worked with a purpose succeeded and those that did not, did not.

The guests at my fantasy dinner party would be Stephen Fry for his wit, Benjamin Franklin for his statesmanship and Nelson Mandela for his power of belief.

It was worth fighting for appraisal funding because if a GP does not take time to review his own development then how will he maintain his drive to improve?

LMCs are so important because having a locally elected and representative voice helps maintain equipoise between the needs and rights of the professional and the local delivery of health policy.


• Dr Phillip Fielding is a GP trainer in Cheltenham and member of the executive committee of Gloucestershire LMC
• As appraisal lead, he has helped fight against funding cuts in the county

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