Why do I have to prove I am ill in front of everyone else?

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So, who is worse in the war of the receptionists – doctors or dentists?

I fear the dental reception because of the costs.

But boy do I fear the doctors because of their insistence that I tell them all my medical woes before I can get an appointment.

What’s going on there then?

There’s obviously some amount of guarding of the medics needed.

But having to stand there and prove your illness-worth in front of other waiting patients – who are so bored with year-old magazines that you can almost feel their ears flapping – is simply ghastly.

It’s really not that I have anything to hide.

However, if I wanted everyone to know why I was there in the first place I would walk down the high street with a megaphone.