My 15 minutes of fameBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1487 (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1487
- Alistair Lindsay, accident and emergency senior house officer
- St Mary's Hospital, London
Towards the end of last year I wrote a letter to the Times newspaper. It was prompted by what had been a particularly gruelling night shift in casualty, where I had seen few cases that were either an accident or an emergency. I decided to unleash all of my accumulated anger, frustration, and fatigue in the form of a reply to a letter from a general practitioner suggesting that we should charge for the use of medical services. I furiously typed my response by email, and went to sleep at 10 am feeling much relieved.
At 5 pm I awoke to find, to my great surprise, a message on my answering machine from …