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Dr Shan Whitear

...on The Apprentice, PCTs and not being pregnant

...on The Apprentice, PCTs and not being pregnant

The best thing about my practice is my colleagues, staff and patients

The worst thing is my patients always thinking that I am pregnant. I keep telling them I am just fat.

My first home visit was my funniest moment as a GP. I got lost trying to find the place, broke my new mercury thermometer in the patient's house and then had my car towed away while I was in there. It could only get better after that!

PCT responsible officers are like Big Brother because you will have to be able to justify every action you take as a GP. I have the feeling that every single consultation has to be robust enough to stand up to scrutiny by an outside body.

The best thing about my PCT is erm, I don't know.

The worst thing about my PCT is not having ownership of decisions made at PCT level that affect my working practice.

'The house burned down again' is the best reason for a sicknote that a patient has given me.

Constantly being asked 'When is your baby due?' makes me depressed.

The trait I most dislike about myself is that I have very little patience.

The trait I most dislike in others is disorganisation.

My greatest achievement is being a mum to three fantastic kids. They are so beautiful and so clever, I don¹t know where they get it from, but I feel terribly proud of them.

The book I am reading at the moment is the latest Harry Potter offering. I try to keep up with my kids so I know what they are talking about.

The paperwork is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

If anything can, money problems keep me awake at night. Although I¹m generally so tired by the time I get into bed that I can¹t even remember my head hitting the pillow.

The vehicle I own is a Vauxhall Astra.

A little country village is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

My favourite word is absolutely.

My guiltiest pleasure is Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

I relax by sitting in the hot tub in the gym.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is the divide between rich and poor.

My greatest fear is missing an important diagnosis.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough and Harrison Ford.

My favourite fictional GP is Dr Mopp from Camberwick Green.

If I wasn't a GP I would be the next Apprentice. I get irritated watching them making a pig's ear of the tasks they get set. I could do them 10 times better.

My next holiday is going to be a joint trip with my family and that of my sister. We are spending two weeks in Italy, the first by Lake Maggiore and the second in a villa in Umbria.

Dr Shan Whitear Dr Shan Whitear

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