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Stop clowning around - it’s scaring me

By Mike Broad - 16th February 2010 4:24 pm

I’ve worked with a few clowns over the years, but none with red noses and oversized shoes. I’ve always found something rather sinister about real clowns, probably a legacy of watching the clown scene in Poltergeist as an 11-year-old.

So, I’m not entirely happy to hear that the Big Lottery Fund has made a grant of nearly £10k available to recruit and train more clown doctors (and you thought ‘noctors’ were a threat).

As you may have guessed, they’re not medically qualified but instead work on the principle that laughter is the best medicine. They entertain sick children and are apparently very popular.

I, however, will be dropping a line to the GMC to ensure that the clown doctors are properly revalidated (and not possessed by evil spirits from the graveyard that the hospital is built on)…

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