Medicine And The Media

Ampoule evidence

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:879
  1. Grant Hutchison

    The focus of this documentary was the operating department assistant. The trailer showed a faltering electro-cardiograph, while a voice intoned such words as “alarming” and “incompetence.” So I sat down to view the programme with my weariness and irritation already prepared in equal proportions. Clearly, a new group of bad people had been discovered in the theatre suite; while the scrub nurse and the porter take out your appendix and allow a schoolchild to stitch you up, the operating department assistant gives the anaesthetic. (The doctors are, of course, all off at the private hospital down the road.)

    And at first …

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