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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Dr Preston de Mendonca

...on Big Brother, viruses and the tyranny of care records

...on Big Brother, viruses and the tyranny of care records

The best thing about my practice is the creative diversity. If you combined the three partners, you could make one well-rounded GP.

The worst thing about my practice is the diversity. How do you find consensus among people who all have different views, all of which are indubitable?

The trait I most dislike in myself is that I don't say 'no' enough.

The trait I most dislike in others is misuse of power – everyone has power.

Being taken for granted is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

The electronic care record system is like Big Brother because it represents a tyranny of the majority and is currently the single biggest threat to our personal freedom. The most vulnerable will be most at its mercy.

My greatest fear is suffering from dementia.

My funniest moment as a GP was struggling with my computer at the end of a consultation, when the patient repeated the reassurance I'd just given him. 'Don't worry, doctor – it's only a virus,' he said and left the room.

The vehicles I own are a 15-year-old MX5 and a 12-year-old diesel 218 Rover.

My guiltiest pleasure is driving the MX5.

My most treasured possession is my family.

My favourite word is better.

The book I'm reading at the moment is A Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is injustice.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a lot poorer than I am.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to give the Palestinians a homeland.

My greatest achievement is keeping going.

Heartburn keeps me awake at night.

The increasing influence of the medical thought police makes me depressed.

I relax by watching cricket with a pint in my hand.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be nobody – I loathe dinner parties.

'Traumatised by the death of pet rabbit' is the best reason for a sicknote a patient has given me.

My favourite fictional doctor is Dr Henry Jekyll.

The place I would most like to practise as a GP is where I am already practising.

My nightmare Big Brother housemate would be Sir Liam Donaldson (chief medical officer). God, that man!

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Full-time GP principal in the same Plymouth practice for 22 years
Chair of Plymouth LMC
Fervent opponent of electronic care records

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