Soundings

My last car, I promise

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7132.711 (Published 28 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:711

Soundings

  1. James Owen Drife
  1. professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds

    Dear Colleagues,

    A hospital is like a goldfish bowl and you have all noticed that I am driving a new car. Mindful of my accountability as medical director, I am writing to explain why.

    Some people have suggested that I changed surreptitiously. They point out that this car has the same maker, colour, and number plate as my old one, and say that if I had just resisted the temptation to wash ‘n’ wax for the first time in seven years nobody would have noticed. I deny this. If I had wanted to deceive you I would have worked out how …

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