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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 10 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1008
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology Leeds
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    A television interview involves some heart searching. More so now than when I was a college spokesman. In that role you could reassure your colleagues (and yourself) that you were driven by duty. You received briefings and a line to take, and you could usually confine yourself to facts.

    But when you're on your own, the phone call takes you by surprise. The questions are less research, more audition. “Are Britain's maternity services getting worse?” “Well, yes …

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