I’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.
How 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.
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.
Do 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.
There 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?