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Sticks and stones?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 10 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1568
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

It was a different time. The clinical director twisted his wedding ring nervously, shut the door, and inhaled. “I’ll get to the point: the cleaners tell me that a man has been sleeping in your room at the residency.” “That’s my brother.” His relief was palpable. I said, “I will sort it out,” and I shook his hand. As ever my younger sibling’s “crash for a couple of nights” had turned into a few weeks. How we deal with junior doctors is important. Recently the case of Gillian Needham and “Scot Junior” has been raised …

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