Isn’t the NHS brilliant

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5335
  1. Luke D Williamson, senior house officer, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, RG1 5AN, UK
  1. lukas.williamson{at}

“Isn’t the NHS brilliant,” he said to me in a strong Welsh accent. On my first night on call as a foundation level doctor, I was called to see a 98 year old man with a known abdominal aortic aneurism and abdominal pain. As I started to examine him, he proceeded to tell me his story. He had grown up in Tredegar, and had known Aneurin Bevan …

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