Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little puzzle. I am one of those odd people who simply love puzzles—almost any variety will do. A little bit of mental gymnastics simply keeps those little grey cells happy and healthy. There is nothing more pleasing than wracking your brains and then experiencing a moment of insight and… Read More »
So far this newsletter appears to have been detailing my high levels of stress, worry about the future, complaints, hospitals not supporting practices, politicians and the media. You might ask how I manage to survive all this stress and come out smiling? Firstly, in spite of all these distractions, being a GP at Denmark Road… Read More »
In previous years I’ve put forward my hopes for our various annual elections. My success rate has been awful and my warnings of doom unheeded but I remain undaunted and will put my thoughts across again. Last year I warned that even though America could elect Trump they could also at least impeach him. I’m surprised… Read More »
I think I might have written about resilience before – it is a word that I had hardly heard mentioned up until about 3 years ago – prior to then, resilience was a word used to describe some physical object which could withstand some form of external pressure, like aluminium being rust resistant. Now it… Read More »
Since the inauguration of President Trump we’ve heard a lot about fake news. To the President this appears to be any news which criticises him personally … ie all news. Ideally he should hang up his golf clubs, turn off the TV and knuckle down to the job of governing the country and then perhaps… Read More »
Smiling I wonder whether President Trump has been reading a little bit of Prof Wisemans work into fake smiles. The good Professor asked people to clench a pencil between their teeth and measured their happiness. Psychologists do odd things like this. Now you would have thought walking around with a pencil in your mouth and… Read More »
I used to smugly think that one of the last jobs to be farmed out to computers would be mine. Now I’m not so sure. How GPs actually do their job has no good evidence base and is pretty incomprehensible. When I train other doctors I explain that GPs are murky animals that survive swimming… Read More »
This newsletter has been one of my usual rants but it is Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!
Let us hope that 2017 is a good year for the NHS and common sense prevails.
If it does then maybe my future newsletters will contain far fewer rants – I think I can feel an idea for a New Year’s Resolution taking fruit!