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I was a GP trainee in Brighton in 2008, on call one night, troubled by what I saw, I sent an email into the void. A few days later, Aidan Halligan responded. He wanted to hear what I had to say, to understand, to work out how we could improve the care of patients. This is what Aidan was like: listening to people wherever he went, trying to learn from what people had to say, devising ways we could do better to care for the most vulnerable people on our wards. We worked together over the course of the next four years. Aidan was always challenging, always inspiring; never cynical. He felt deeply about all those patients he met in his different roles. And he never ever shirked responsibility - or ownership of the problems he witnessed. His early death is such a terrible loss to the NHS. And to so many of us whom he touched personally.
I worked with Aidan Halligan at BSUH