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Solicitors in doctors’ surgeries? Why not in petrol stations and funeral parlours, asks Richard Barr

2 April 2019

There was a quiet stillness about the dentist’s waiting room. Through the window, Norwich cathedral glowed in the afternoon sunlight. I settled into the plush leather.

Shortly afterwards the only other patient arrived: a good omen I thought, as the Bishop of Norwich lowered himself onto the other settee. 

Mine is a good dentist, but I felt extra reassurance by the presence of the Bishop: surely, even if not asked, he would arrange for divine intervention to ensure the safe amputation of a wayward tooth. 

We both picked up our newspapers and ignored each other. I resisted the temptation to address him: “‘Ere, in’t you that Bishop person mate?” Then as I read the paper I frowned, and a silent aargh formed on my lips. 

I was ushered in, pumped full of anaesthetic, comprehensively warned of the things that might go wrong (memo to dentist: should I change my mind and chose to bring a claim against you, please turn ...

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