Debbie Watkinson

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2429
  1. Jonathan Knight

Debbie Watkinson (née Pratt) took an early interest in medicine, which seems to have started when, aged 11, she underwent several operations, including a bone graft, at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. Her passion for palliative care came later when, as a junior house officer at the Middlesex Hospital, London, a patient on the oncology ward asked her to sit with her all night as she was dying. Debbie’s conviction after that experience was that there had to be more that could be done for such patients.

In 1987, shortly before Debbie married Neil, she spent three months in south India at …

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