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By Anna Blundy   February 2018

“I am going to have to sack him, but I know everyone will hate me,” the patient told me at the end of quite a manic Skype session in which she detailed her handyman’s failings which, she feels, endanger herself and her family. This man has been working for foreigners in this particular block of flats in Oman for more than 20 years and the whole community is fond of him. Lately he has been working only for my patient and her family.

She is generally very anxious and has felt…

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