Power to the paperworkBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.249/a (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:249
- Colin Douglas, doctor and novelist
The class stood in line along the edge of the swimming pool: two dozen of us, dressed in time-expired flying suits and burdened with survival gear. An instructor grinned. “Fall in,” he said. We fell in.
Over a couple of hours of chilly, chlorine flavoured discomfort we practised a series of drills that might come in handy if one of the navy's ageing helicopters failed to make it home. Some of it I found quite taxing.
For most of the …