Fooled again

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1395
  1. Bill Stephens

    Monday morning. Rejuvenated and with recharged batteries from my weekend off duty I begin to open the mail. The first letter had been left lying prominently in the middle of my desk and was from my registrar. It was a model of brevity and contrition: “It is with a mixture of pleasure and deep regret that I write to inform you that I will be requesting maternity leave from the middle of May. Unfortunately, this was an unplanned event—otherwise of course I would not have taken on the commitment of the three year rotation.”

    Oh dear, was my first reaction. Coping without your registrar is difficult, coping without a good …

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