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Tony Redmond: Still hoping to play the blues

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2584 (Published 11 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2584

Biography

Tony Redmond, 64, is founder and chair of UK-Med, a body established in 1995 to coordinate and train UK health workers volunteering to help in wars and natural disasters. Its most recent deployment was in Nepal after the earthquake, and it ran a programme in Sierra Leone, working in Ebola treatment centres. After he trained in emergency medicine, Redmond’s first medical aid trips—to Armenia in 1988 after the earthquake and to Lockerbie after the Pan Am bombing—convinced him that good intentions without better organisation were not enough. Manchester born and bred, he is professor of international emergency medicine at the university.

What was your earliest ambition?

I suppose I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but my father and brother studied for the priesthood at one point, so it’s perhaps not surprising that I also considered holy orders, until I changed my mind and focused solely on getting into medical school. Once at university I reconsidered religion too, and my subsequent experiences of life—life as a doctor, and life and death in wars and disasters—have …

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