It’s hard not to be paternalistic when patients act like children – blog in Pulse 23.9.14

Latest blog has been published via Pulse magazine here:

It’s actually a creative sideways look at transactional analysis – let me know if you have access issues


Stop press: CQC ban shoes in GP Surgeries

In a press release today the Care Quantity Commission outlined their new plans for standards of hygiene for GPs. Amongst the 247 new measures to be included in practice assessments are new guidelines about the wearing of shoes that have touched the ground outside the surgery.

From April next year if GPs want to wear shoes that have been worn elsewhere they will have to provide a shoe-cleaning schedule that they are following at home and install a disinfectant mat at the staff entrance to be used when they come to work. Alternatively GPs will have to change their shoes in a designated area, not dissimilar to an airlock on a spaceship.

In other measures GPs that have hobbies such as gardening, climbing, car maintenance or GPs that have children in nappies will have to provide home hand-cleaning schedule and submit weekly hand swabs. Alternatively they will be allowed to consult through a glass partition as found at reception and don protective clothing to examine patients in a separate area.

Chairman, Steve Meadow told reporters, “For a long time we have suspected that GPs are in fact the source of all known germs and infections that afflict the general public. These plans are in response to the threat posed by that.”

Comments for the Royal Collage of GPs were too boring to put onto print and the General Practice Committee of the BMA was busy untwisting it’s knickers at the time if going to press.

A fat woman screams

A fat woman
Fat empty threats
To a fat
Misbehaving child
I smirk
And judge
Knowing she won’t
Take him home
As threatened
Too much effort
For her to walk
Across the soft
Dry sand
Go on, smack him
All in earshot think
Confirm our prejudice
About you
Fat woman
Then maybe
We’ll feel even better
About ourselves

I’m a “Rising Political Voice” according to Pulse Magazine

The readers of the medical magazine Pulse have voted me one of the top ten “Rising stars” of British general practice.

Whatever that means…

You can read a short article what they make of me here:

I didn’t make it into the “Pulse Power 50″… You can read about the top 50 influential GPs in the UK here: