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Donal O’Donoghue: Being a doctor is “a ball”

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5497


Donal O’Donoghue, national director for kidney care from 2007 to 2013, is a professor of renal medicine in Salford. His years as “kidney tsar” broadened his appetite for improving health and social care, and he now helps to lead the ambitious Healthy Liverpool Programme. A report he coauthored earlier this year showed that at least 1000 patients a month, mainly vulnerable elderly people, died unnecessarily of acute kidney injury because of inadequate care in NHS hospitals—a conclusion he described as “a real opportunity for quality improvement.” He’s as passionate about Manchester United as he …

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