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Dr Sabby Kant

...on Indiana Jones, traffic wardens and exploitative GPs

...on Indiana Jones, traffic wardens and exploitative GPs

The best thing about my practice is the fantastic learning ethos. Everyone is ready to help anyone at anytime. Corridor conversations create a warm social hum.
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And the worst is trying to manage the sheer unrealistic demand of patient expectation within the 10 minute consultation framework. It seems that our agenda such as QOF standards is squeezing out the patient's agenda

My greatest fear is the huge loss of NHS taxpayer's money simply through inefficient care models. I don't understand why expensive health care models are rolled over on the justification of how they will run ideally without taking into account real world factors such as egos, self-interest and politics. Perhaps we should develop the science of implementing models based on the worst case scenario rather than idealised ones.

The trait I most dislike in myself is shaking my leg when I get excited explaining something during the consultation. It's been difficult to tame this leg despite student and video feedback. It seems my enthusiasm is in direct proportion to the frequency of my leg tremor. Is there anyone out there with a solution?!

The trait I most dislike in others is GPs who exploit patients, colleagues and PCTs in order to maximise personal profits. I suspect every institution has them.

The erosion of quality patient time is the most annoying thing about being a GP. The 10 minute consultation is gradually being invaded by number crunching, opportunistic checks etc all of which squeezes time from the art and essence of general practice.

My top priority in the forthcoming months is to develop the role of the practice as an active community member. I am particularly excited with a forthcoming project involving the use of art to map patient pathways, for clinical training and patient education. I have secured an in-house artist to help me.

In 2008, I'm looking forward to starting my GP training role, roadshowing my ‘Live and Let Die' a health promotion programme to South Asian groups, sinking my teeth into my new role as PEC member and continuing my article writing and GPSI cardiology work.

The day an 86-year-old came in requesting an HIV test and a Certificate of Clean Bill of Health was my funniest moment as a GP. It was all because his 82-year-old girlfriend - his third in the last six months - had finally consented with the proviso that he provided evidence of a clean bill of health.

Northwood is the place I would most like to practice as a GP. It would take a lot to entice me out of our brand new surgery designed and developed by us.

The vehicle I own is a Jaguar. My old Jag gives me that pseudosporty look – all I need now is to dye my hair and get some cool Raybans.

My most treasured possessions are my children and particularly my wife.

My favourite word is sesquipedalianistic meaning having a tendency to use long words. It's a nice one to use on anyone trying to blinding you with their technical lingo.

The book I'm reading at the moment is Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach. This short simple novella which I read to my daughters is about a seagull who becomes obsessed with the art of speed diving. It still breathes strong messages of self-perfection and self-sacrifice. A strong message for all GPs today.

My guiltiest pleasure is watching all the Indiana Jones movies end-to-end, uninterrupted. Throw in some popcorn, switch the phone off and turn the volume up!

The thing that annoys me most in the world is traffic wardens hiding in the corner waiting to pounce within milliseconds of your accidental digression.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to make England the best in football and cricket in the world. Honestly it's possible…

My greatest achievement is winning the 2007 NHS Alliance Cardiology QOF award and UCL Tutor of the Year. The buzz of excitement and motivation at work seems to have lasted longer than my five minutes of fame.

My weird visions of the NHS exploding and splintering into thousands of tiny privatised fragments like an exploding mirrored disco globe keep me awake at night. Am I the only one or do I need to seek psychiatric help?

I am made depressed by the idea that I'll be working as a GP for ASDA and that during quiet spells, I'll have to help gather the shopping trolleys. Furthermore I'm not sure that luminous green uniform and the corporate tapping of the bum (like in the adverts) would go well with patients.

My most vivid schooldays memory is when my own father was my own primary school teacher for a year. In those days he was ‘Sir' at school and ‘Pappa' at home.

I relax by skiving parts of major conferences abroad and visiting the country's major art galleries - definitely more educational.

‘I came to see you regarding my cough, but your receptionist ordered me to smoke outside. But it was wet and I tripped at your doorstep and now I've sprained my ankle' is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

The guests are my ideal dinner party would be The Kumars of No 42 fame.

The best meal I've ever eaten involves spiced pani puri, a South Indian delicacy. Tiny puris (dough) are fried into small delicate hollow balls. You pop the ball with your finger and fill the cavity with a tangy spicy mixture of tamarind, chilli and potato. Then pop the whole lot in your mouth. Yum.

My favourite fictional GP is Stephen Daker from the 1986 BBC series, A Very Peculiar Practice. This dark comedy had a fantastic character in Dr Daker, a brilliant doctor with phobia of being touched!

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a medical teacher and a part time illustrator and artist.

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