Filler Work Matters

Reflections on reflections

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1713
  1. Ben Lovell, acute medicine specialty trainee, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG, UK
  1. benlovell{at}

I am very angry. Today I had a professional disagreement with a surgical colleague. He came to review a patient and somehow managed to criticise the nurses, offend our occupational therapist, denigrate the quality of the referral, and say something to a foundation doctor, who disappeared to the toilet for 15 minutes and emerged distinctly red eyed and blotchy faced. After the colleague left I managed to achieve “blistering rage” in about 90 seconds. I was so eye wateringly furious I could barely form coherent sentences. …

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