Fire down belowBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7334.433/a (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:433
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
Someone somewhere must have been the first to compare reorganising the NHS with rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. The joke does not bear analysis—the health service is not about to capsize—but “rearranging the deckchairs” entered the language because it catches the real feeling in the engine room about activities on the bridge.
The only people who go up and down the ladder between the two are doctors. A few of us spend part …