Soundings Soundings

The basics

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.621/a (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:621
  1. Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
  1. Edinburgh

    Once, a long time ago, I was buttonholed quite politely in the hospital dining room by a young anaesthetist I vaguely knew. He asked me to come and see an old man in intensive care who was very frail and very ill: but for where he was, he would have been dead already. No doubt there are excellent protocols now, and these things are well ordered within clinical governance, but what my young colleague needed then was someone already labelled consultant …

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