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Letters The firm

The firm: continuity was the key

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 12 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4597
  1. Roderick Lawson, consultant in respiratory and general internal medicine
  1. Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield S5 7AU, UK
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Rimmer’s article about the firm made me reflect on the structure I grew up with.1 The firm was an organic social structure in which work and learning could take place, with emotional and technical support. It enhanced team working and improved morale.

I disagree that work intensity has increased. In my first post I worked an 11 hour day, carrying out all pleural procedures, and worked every second night and weekend too. Two …

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