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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