My 15 minutes of fame

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1487
  1. Alistair Lindsay, accident and emergency senior house officer
  1. St Mary's Hospital, London

    Towards the end of last year I wrote a letter to the Times newspaper. It was prompted by what had been a particularly gruelling night shift in casualty, where I had seen few cases that were either an accident or an emergency. I decided to unleash all of my accumulated anger, frustration, and fatigue in the form of a reply to a letter from a general practitioner suggesting that we should charge for the use of medical services. I furiously typed my response by email, and went to sleep at 10 am feeling much relieved.

    At 5 pm I awoke to find, to my great surprise, a message on my answering machine from …

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