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Independents' Day

Dr Rob Barnett

...on penguins, being perfect and shooting politicians

...on penguins, being perfect and shooting politicians

The best thing about my practice is the new premises that we moved into about three years ago – just fantastic. I'm very happy with it.

My greatest fear is becoming incapacitated and not able to look after myself.

My best trait is my ability to look objectively at problems.

I don't have any bad traits – I'm perfect!

The trait I most dislike in others is not being able to see both sides of an argument.

The funniest thing that ever happened to me as a GP was walking into the wrong house on a home visit, conducting the wrong consultation and only realising as I walked out. They weren't even my patient but they thought it was very nice that I had visited!

My most precious possession is my collection of penguins – I once saw penguins in the wild in South Africa and I have 150 penguin ties and penguins all over my consulting room.

The worst thing about being a GP is dealing with the bureaucratic nonsense from the PCT – and hospital managers.

My worst habit is walking around in bare feet or just in socks. I don't see the problem but everyone complains!

My seven-year-old son keeps me awake at night.

Worrying about the future as a single parent makes me depressed.

My favourite word is 'actually'.

My most vivid schooldays memory is the first time I illegitimately tasted alcohol when I was 11 or 12 on a trip with the cadets in Cultybraggan, north of Stirling.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be working for ACAS, an organisation which aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

If I could practice anywhere in the world, it would be here, in Liverpool. I was born here, I grew up here, I went to university here. I'm a Scouser.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Nelson Mandela's autobiography. It's fantastic.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be shoot one or two politicians. I wouldn't like to say who in case I incriminate myself! My greatest achievement is having a family.

My guiltiest pleasure is relaxing when I know others around me are doing what I should be.

The best meal I've ever had was on a cruise liner, sailing alongside glaciers.

My ideal dinner party guests would be Nanny McPhee and Mary Poppins, to give me some help with childcare!

The thing that annoys me most about the QOF is that now every consultation focuses around it rather than the patient.

One of my hobbies is photography.

• GP and LMC secretary in Liverpool
• Member of the BMA medicolegal committee

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