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A valuable lesson

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 12 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:100
  1. Monika Bajaj, specialist registrar in paediatrics
  1. Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon

    In a previous job I took on the thankless task of making the work rota. At the start I realised that when any of the middle grade doctors were on officially sanctioned study leave or annual leave, colleagues would assume that they had just decided to take a day off. On returning to work, these blameless individuals would often be greeted with “Oh, where have you been? None of us knew where you were.”

    This could be very upsetting and …

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