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HOT TV: DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE.

Byline: JIM GALLAGHER

FAIR CITY, RTE ONE

THERE is definitely something unusual about Carrigstown's new doctor, Ben

Waterman.

It's not that he is foreign. After all, there are plenty of non-nationals in the Irish health service.

No, it is the fact that the good doctor is the only family practitioner in Ireland who appears to have absolutely no patients.

His clinic is always as deserted as the Dail on a bank holiday.

Sadiya, the illegal immigrant he has befriended, breezes in and out like it was the local social centre.

Whenever she is upset, the good doctor is free and available to comfort her.

Not content with that, she has now taken to bringing him his packed lunch.

And with no long queues to tend to he is able to enjoy every morsel.

Eating is something the good doctor likes to do.

When not in his pristine clinic - the advantage of having no tiresome patients to mess it up - the handsome GP can more often than not be found down the bistro enjoying a long lunch with girlfriend Nicola.

Or in McCoy's pub knocking back a swiftie after another tough day doing nothing.

Oh to be a doctor in Carrigstown...
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2002
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