Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Resurrection in Rome

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:672
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

Winter holidays used to be for the idle rich. Then they became the norm for junior doctors. Now even consultants (the least idle of hospital staff) sneak off for a week or so. But we feel guilty about it. With Christmas lasting longer every year, half term looming, and Easter following on, can we justify more rest and recreation?

My wife and I, raised as Scots presbyterians, avoid beaches or ski slopes and head for town, seeking …

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