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Last word: Dr Tariq Hussain...

... on being in Michael Moore film SiCKO

... on being in Michael Moore film SiCKO

The best thing about my practice is that we all get on and can support and rely on each other.

And the worst is it gets too hot in the summer – we could do with some air-conditioning.

The best thing about appearing in a Michael Moore documentary is being involved in something thought-provoking that could make some positive changes.

And the worst is my friends giving me a hard time about it.

I got involved in the film because I'm a member of the Association of Broadcasting Doctors and replied to an email they sent out. I then did an interview here in England, then one with the producer in New York and eventually met Michael for the filmed interview in London.

I spoke up for the NHS in Moore's movie because sometimes we're so busy looking at what we need to change that we lose track of what is good.

The trait I most dislike in myself is being too self-deprecating.

The trait I most dislike in others is talking without listening.

The trait I most dislike in Michael Moore is his perfectionism – but I suppose it makes him very good at what he does.

The most annoying thing about being a GP is nothing at all. It's an honour and a privilege.

Not wanting his colleagues to see he had a police tag on his leg, which showed he was a criminal, is the best reason for a sick note a patient has given me.

Anywhere urban in England is the place I would most like to practise as a GP.

The vehicle I own is a black Audi A3 – as seen in SiCKO.

My greatest achievement is getting my wife, an NHS dentist, to marry me – it took a bit of persuasion!

My 18-month-old son keeps me awake at night – especially last night.

Being kept awake at night makes me depressed.

My favourite word is maybe.

The book I'm reading at the moment is The Alastair Campbell Diaries – very interesting.

My guiltiest pleasure is watching too much television.

The thing that annoys me most in the world is people not looking on the good side of life.

If I could do one thing to change the world, it would be to make the summers warmer in England.

The guests at my ideal dinner party would be Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Penelope Cruz (not so much for the conversation), Woody Allen and one more girl to even it out – Rachel Weisz.

My favourite GP-related film is SiCKO, of course.


• GP in Lewisham, south London who features in the controversial new documentary SiCKO by US filmmaker Michael Moore
• Details the charmed life of a UK GP on screen as part of Moore's wider narrative comparing the US health system unfavourably with the public ones including that of Britain
• Supporter of the new contract

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