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Mark Porter: A covert petrolhead

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i68 (Published 03 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i68


Mark Porter, 53, is a GP with a high media profile. He presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship medical series Inside Health, is a reporter for the One Show, and is medical correspondent for the Times. He is in practice at Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, where the sight of a patient waving one of his cuttings must be a frequent experience. Porter also applies his healing hands to old cars, confessing that, if he was exiled to a desert island and was not allowed to take his wife, he’d settle for a Porsche 911 of 1970 vintage and the tools to tinker with it. He isn’t the BMA chair; that’s a different Mark Porter.

What was your earliest ambition?

To marry Gerry Knight, but I was only 5.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Too many to …

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