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Feature Christmas 2014: Gastroenterological Tracts

Christmas dinner for doctors on duty: it’s grimmer up north

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7269
  1. Emma J Gosnell, core surgical trainee, Department of Otolaryngology, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury BL9 7TD, UK
  1. Correspondence to: emma.gosnell{at}

For the first time in four years of working in the NHS, I won’t be on duty on Christmas Day. It got me thinking—what am I most looking forward to? After considering a range of alcoholic drinks and a day without a bleep, I settled on Christmas dinner. For me it’s the central event of the day, so why have I been starved of this luxury when I …

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