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Stephanie de Giorgio: Hates arrogance and knuckle cracking

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3030 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3030

Biography

Stephanie de Giorgio, a GP in Kent, made waves by challenging the health secretary at the Royal College of GPs’ conference in 2014, accusing him of making GPs’ lives harder by encouraging patients to be more demanding. She cofounded Resilient GP, a group set up to defend general practice and to accept that the patient is not always right. She is also involved in the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership, which aims to break the stigma surrounding the subject. She remains unimpressed by the NHS’s leadership, declaring recent funding claims made by Jeremy Hunt and NHS England’s Simon Stevens to be “obfuscation extraordinaire.”

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a dancer in the West End. I was never talented enough, but I adored musicals and ballet and spent many a happy hour daydreaming about doing that when I grew up.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Throughout my life, my grandfather. He was a wonderful man, whom I didn’t see very often …

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