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One low-cost way Jeremy Hunt could reduce stress among GPs

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It’s slightly embarrassing to admit that I caught the end of Eastenders recently.

Now let me make it absolutely clear I am not a fan - in fact I can’t stand the programme - but I’d just returned home after a particularly long day at the sharp end and after tea I just wanted to collapse in front of the telly and switch my brain off. This process was going quite well until I saw one of the characters using his mobile phone. There it was, full-screen: a new Sony mobile phone. Even the BBC can’t avoid a bit of accidental product placement once in a while.

Going slightly off-tangent - and you’ll have to bear with me here - there are two massive issues about the NHS at the moment. 

Firstly, doctors and nurses (and probably everyone else working in the NHS) are very stressed. 

Secondly, the current Secretary of State for Health is just a teeny bit unpopular with most of the workforce. 

So, how could the Department of Health try to solve these two problems? Well, I’ve got an idea - and it involves product placement.

What we all need is one of those stress balls in the shape of Mr Hunt. All the Government would have to do is buy a job lot and distribute them to all NHS hospitals and GP surgeries for free. 

If we all had one it would serve as a constant reminder as to who is causing all the stress, and more importantly something to swear at and squeeze into horrible shapes to help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. You never know - unlikely as it is, we might even learn to dislike Jeremy a bit less. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate in product placement?

Dr Hadrian Moss is a GP in Kettering, Northamptonshire. You can tweet him at @DrHMoss.

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  • Very funny. I wonder if the could make a tar and feathered version.

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  • This made me laugh out loud, thank you ! I need one if those stress balls immediately xx

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  • well, it might be an idea to commission a chinese manufacturer of such tat to see what they can do - i agree, it would certainly aid stress relief

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  • How about JH toilet paper a lovely picture of our estemed SoS on every sheet, super absorbant ,twice as thick of course.

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  • Vinci Ho

    When I was invited by Nigel for the Pulse conference last time when Agent Hunt was supposed to turn up, I proposed to buy an official 'Despicable me' (Universal Picture) T shirt and present the 'gift' to him in front of everybody.......
    Will go to watch Minions......love them!

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  • Or he could just wipe that smirk off his face.

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  • i think we are all being harsh on Jeremy Hunt - he inherited a policy from his predecessor and was tasked to implement it as a punishment re: previous fiasco with the media. What has caught everyone off guard is how well he has done. Policies that Thatcher would not dare to implement have gone through and Jeremy has not much criticism. He has managed to get enough public and media support something that our leaders have failed to do and we have taken the blame for the problems in the NHS i.e. lazy greedy GPs and if only medical students would pay all their own costs, if only GPs worked 24hrs 7 days a week for free etc. I don't blame Hunt - he is an adept politician - I blame our leadership for failing a) to counter politicians and media spin b) to properly represent the grassroots c) to offer an alternative.

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  • Latest evidence shows that Statins reduce stress in GPs

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