Millennium payBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7224.1585 (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1585
- Alan Randall, chief executive
- Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust
Listening to the millennium prophets of doom, I am reminded of those Reader's Digest quizzes where you are given an impossible choice of answers.
Staff have reacted positively to getting the issue sorted out and rotas are now being filled relatively easily
The quiz goes something like this:
“You are a health service manager and next new year's eve electricity and water supplies will be interrupted, all emergency communication centres will crash, traffic will be in chaos, and ambulances suddenly immobilised. Many of your staff call in sick and all of those on call are sloshed. Your usual shortage of hospital beds has been exacerbated by unprecedented cutbacks in social services provision At long last you experience a winter not previously seen since 1963 and Asian flu sweeps the country. You have six months to prepare for the event—what do you do? (a) Apply for early retirement; (b) lie on the floor with your legs in the air impersonating John Cleese; (c) follow …