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Published: Apr 28 , 2016
Author: Stephen White
I am sitting by the hospital bedside of an elderly relative who fell last week and broke her hip. It is Tuesday, the first day of this week’s junior doctor’s strike. The ward is functioning normally as far as I can see; there is a normal complement of doctors on duty, but unusually there are also groups of more senior consultants who appear to be hunting in packs of 3 or 4, perhaps for safety. There was no picket line when I came into the hospital and it was as difficult to find a car parking space today as it has been all week which suggests that most outpatient appointments are proceeding as usual...
Published: Feb 21 , 2013
Author: Alan Smith
Imagine you are very late home. And I mean late. You creep up the stairs at 3 am, placing your feet carefully at the extreme edge of each step missing that third creaky step. You push the bedroom door open and pad gently across the floor. Forget brushing your teeth, way too noisy. You can flush in the morning. As you remove your trousers too late you remember the coins in the back pocket. As they crash to the wooden floor your other half springs into action...