I always wanted to be a GP like my dad. Even as a teenager, I would sometimes fill in as a receptionist for my father. I feel as though I have been part of the NHS since I was a child! I qualified here in the UK in 1976. After a few years of hospital work and getting my MRCP, I became a GP in 1981, and joined my father as a partner. I have been working in the same Luton practice ever since.
In my father’s time, there was that love between GPs and their patients. I get irritated sometimes because all my consultations start with, ‘Dr Raj. How are you? How’s your mother?’ And then they will tell me stories about my dad. And by this time, five minutes are gone. It’s only a ten-minute consultation. Then, of course, you’ve got three problems to sort out!