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Wendy Savage: Committed and compassionate

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4770 (Published 06 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4770

Biography

Wendy Savage, a staunch advocate of women’s rights in fertility, abortion, and childbirth, was an obstetrician and gynaecologist who in 1985 was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Suspended from the London Hospital Medical College after allegations of incompetence, she won her job back after a high profile inquiry found the charges groundless. She served for many years on the General Medical Council and is president of Keep Our NHS Public, a pressure group that opposes private contractors providing NHS care. She has also been press officer at Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion since 1977.

What was your earliest ambition?

When I was 14 I moved to a bigger school and started sciences. I loved chemistry, and I thought I would be a research chemist.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I’m not sure that I have ever been inspired. After my first year at Cambridge, when I saw what chemists did, I woke up one morning and decided to be a doctor. As a student, Donald Hunter impressed me with his passion for industrial medicine. Two …

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