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Last word - Dr Gary Sweeney

... on the joys of gas-guzzling, cigars and carpentry

... on the joys of gas-guzzling, cigars and carpentry

The best thing about my practice is that I am never bored.

And the worst is that I am never bored.

My greatest fear is that our PCT starts to listen to the SHA and interferes with the PMS contract. PMS has been the saviour of general practice in the tendering district. Fiddle at your peril.

Spending a huge amount of time chasing up hospital cockups is the most annoying thing about being a GP.

The trait I most dislike in myself is a tendency to be flippant.

The trait I most dislike in others is self indulgent navel-gazing.

My initial reaction to a new regulatory body is what has gone wrong that suggests it is needed? I am not aware of any evidence general practice is out of control, and needs anything more than a light touch on the tiller from the local PCT.

PMS practices and GPSIs should be regulated by PCTs, not a national body, because PMS and GPSI services must be commissioned according to local need. A national regulator is incapable of doing that.

Watching a social worker sit on a turd when we were sectioning a patient is my funniest moment as a GP.

Clacton-on-Sea (the one in Bermuda) is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

The vehicle I own is a gas-guzzling four-wheel-drive SUV and I am proud of it.

My most treasured possession is a 17th-century thatched cottage.

My favourite word is callipygic.

My guiltiest pleasure is smoking the occasional cigar (but don't tell anyone).

The thing that annoys me most in the world is politicians trying to grab a few votes by running down general practice.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to have four Saturdays a week, so we would have more days to open the surgery out of hours.

Watching the Government squash GP morale after the gains of the past three years, and seeing Simon Fradd help them with injudicious remarks, makes me depressed.

I relax by messing about with wood.

Accidentally (so he said) stapling foreskin to a desk is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Ken Clark, who stirred up general practice for the better; Eric Clapton, who will never be equalled; Marilyn Monroe in her ‘Jello on stilts' phase; Jason Leonard for his rugby anecdotes; and Peter Sellers.

If I wasn't a GP, I'd be a poor but happy cabinetmaker.


• GP in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
• As a GPSI in a PMS practice, he is wary of a tough clampdown on GP regulation spearheaded by new regulator the Care Quality Commission
• Vice chair of North Essex LMC and tendering lead for PBC

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