New Contract

We discovered a month ago that our contract with the government to provide your care could be rescinded by the government without any discussion with the practice at all!! This is a surprise because when we signed the contract 15 years ago we had a lot of guaranteed safeguards in place. What I hadn’t appreciated… Read More »


I couldn’t help but smile at some feedback from a patient this month. ‘Why can’t Dr Cowley get someone else to write the newsletter?’ The non paranoid side of me likes to think that they were concerned that my little grey cells might need some rest from Denmark Doctor related over exertions. The more rational… Read More »


Would you Adam and Eve it. We’ve had a visit from the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) prescribing team and we’ve been bad boys (and girls) when it comes to the prescribing of antibiotics. I wouldn’t have minded but ordinarily when it comes to prescribing antibiotics we usually stick to guidance and generally I reckon we… Read More »

Euphemistic government

The government loves euphemisms. Euphemism is in itself a euphemism for saying that something is one thing when you really mean its something else. The classical one is when a prime minister states that he has ‘absolute confidence in the minister ….’ Which means I have absolutely no confidence in the minister and his P45… Read More »