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I am glad Dr Gerarda is looking forward to reducing her hours. But in her position she really should know better than to refer to 'doctors, nurses, paramedics, porters, radiologists, and more—who all have human needs.'. Suggesting that radiologists are not doctors belittles the work that radiologists do as medical practitioners [that is, as doctors]. We also work long hours, including taking call, without the support of junior staff and frequently without recognition. As an interventional radiologist [a doctor] I will be taking call for five out of six days over New Year [yes, that will be 124 hours over six days]. The problem of overworking doctors is not confined to the NHS.
George Hartnell FRCP, FRCR
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Professor of Radiology
University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
3500 Main Street, Suite 201, Springfield, MA 01107
BMP Northampton Cardiology, 325 King Street, Northampton MA 01060