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Jonathon Tomlinson was until very recently a full time GP in one of the most deprived practices in Hackney, East London. He has also worked in Afghanistan with Medecins sans Frontieres and in Nepal. His interests have been shaped by his patients’ experiences of illness, suffering and resilience through poverty and exclusion. After returning from Afghanistan in 2003 he undertook a MA in Human Values and Global Ethics to think more seriously about the issues involved in humanitarian interventions and the endeavours of modern medicine. He remains a part-time GP, occasional out of hours GP and part-time research fellow, studying how culture and education affect doctors' moral behaviour.


He has been involved in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education for over ten years, mostly teaching small groups of students with his patients. He is particularly interested in how medicine can be taught as an ethical practice and is developing narrative and reflective approaches to teaching clinical subjects.


He has a blog at www.abetternhs.wordpress.com on which he publishes essays exploring many of the more challenging aspects of general practice such as how doctors respond to patients who are lonely or in chronic pain and how doctors deal with their own lack of empathy or kindness. He has been politically active and has been interviewed by John Humphries on BBC Radio 4 Today and on national television and radio about the NHS reforms.


You can follow Jonathan on Twitter @mellojonny


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