Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

We never talk any more

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:280
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. j.o.drife{at}

    Our local theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, is adjacent to one of the national offices of the Department of Health (DH). My only appearance onstage at the Playhouse, so far, has been to give a lunchtime talk to DH staff. One of them had organised a series of lectures in which consultants explained what our jobs involve.

    It went reasonably well, as I recall, but it’s hard to remember. It was a long time ago. In the 1990s …

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