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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c414
  1. Jennifer Graves, respiratory specialist registrar, Southmead Hospital, Bristol
  1. jennifercrow21{at}

I recently had the misfortune of being admitted to hospital with a minor medical ailment that required an overnight stay. I spent time on two wards with groups of women, all more than double my age, who had a wide variety of surgical and medical conditions. When the time came for the consultant ward round it was impossible for me not to hear every word of each consultation as curtains offer very little in the way of privacy. I even knew that one lady had cancer before she did because I heard the team discussing what they were going to say to …

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