Yearly Archives: 2012

Christmas Crackers

I was weaned on the Readers Digest and used to avidly read two sections—the word puzzle page and ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’

Throughout my career I have reflected on the wisdom of this statement. People who laugh more are happier, less stressed and live longer!!

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End of an Era – Dr Nick Kennedy Retires

End of an EraI’m sure you are all aware that Dr Kennedy is retiring at the end of this month. He has been a GP for 30 years.

During that time apart from being an excellent caring doctor whose patients had the best access to their GP in the UK, he has played a prominent role in forming the shape of care in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset due to his work on the Primary Care Trust.

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The Big Question

The Meaning of LifeHow often do you take a step back and ask yourself what is life all about?

I know that regular readers will be surprised by my asking such a serious question. They are used to reading flippant articles and meanderings which often touch upon the comical but rarely appear to touch the fundamental.

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Ab Fab

Ask FirstRegular readers will know that I like acronyms.

I especially like clever acronyms such as TLAs – (Three Letter Acronyms) or A Clever Ruse Of Nudging Your Memory. However some really irritate me – such as NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) which is fast becoming an Orwellian tool to control GPs.

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JamPoliticians know that more choice is good for us.

It engenders competition which, as any self respecting bureaucrat and politician knows, drives up quality and drives down cost.

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Science League

Albert EinsteinDo you personally know a scientist? Someone who has studied science at University and now works in a scientific job.

I think most of us would wrack our brains and struggle to identify an eccentric friend with hair popping out of his scalp at odd angles, who plays with Bunsen burners and seems to be pre-occupied with high powered thoughts, living in his own world.

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Paperless Practice – Patient Free Practice

Yes MinisterThere is an excellent Yes Minister sketch in which Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey have been shown around a brand new state of the art hospital.

Sir Humphrey was singing the praises of the staff and the wonderful services it offered and was particularly impressed with their efficiency, the cleanliness, how hard working all the staff were and so on. After a while Jim stopped his eulogising and asked if Sir Humphrey had spotted anything unusual or more particularly something which should have been there but wasn’t?

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Review Clinics

Whooping CoughWe live in an age of supreme information technology.

If I had been alive 100 years ago most of what happens in the world would have happened unnoticed to me – even events of momentous importance took months to reach the papers.

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