Letters from a perfect imperfectionist: So where does it hurt?

Before 2008, Principals sold practices because of distress at home:

fear of divorce
fear of tax bills
fear of high borrowing levels

The legacy of the easy credit years, when banks were lending everything to everyone and affluenza was an epidemic.

In 2015, Principals are selling their practices because of distress at work:

fear of the GDC
fear of litigation
fear of employment law
fear of contract law
fear of the CQC
fear of competition
fear of diminishing patient numbers
fear of the costs of refurbishment
fear of technology

So that is the legacy of regulation and complexity.

The asphyxiation of enterprise.

“These “letters” are the personal observations of me, Chris Barrow and are not intended to reflect the views of 7connections and its team members, they just give me permission to publish here on the basis that they can keep an eye on me, a bit like a mad relative at a wedding reception. I’m likely to upset the sensitive and outrage the sensible – if you fall into either of those camps then read at your peril.”


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.