Moving outBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6952.480 (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:480
- A Seymour
You might think it was “Out of the frying pan, into the fire” - lots of people have left the NHS, frustrated by shortages, but most have moved to work with better facilities. In October 1988 the hospital I worked in ran out of casualty cards, and as I spent an evening with photocopied sheets, carbon paper, and staples I remembered cutting up the paper sacks in which the skimmed milk powder arrived in a Biafran refugee camp, to make record cards - and then I thought “But this isn’t a refugee camp, it is the NHS,” so I picked up the BMJ and there in the overseas section was an advertisement for a surgeon for a mission hospital in Cameroon.
I applied, and was appointed to a hospital …