Filler My most unfortunate mistake

Courtesy towards NHS staff is a must

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.372 (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:372
  1. Cyrus Abbasian

    I had just started as a new medical house officer in an eminent teaching hospital on the south coast of England, having recently completed my surgical job. Like all new doctors, I spent the first few days finding my way around the wards and getting to know the routine. I was booming with enthusiasm and confidence and was somewhat arrogant. The job certainly was not easy. A typical day consisted of an endless ward round, and during on-calls we would be lucky to have a few minutes to ourselves. On a typical post-take ward round we saw more than 20 new admissions, and, with an on-call commitment of one in four, we were always on the go.

    I was initially taken aback by the enormity of the workload in …

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