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The BMJ Awards 2020: Outstanding contribution to health

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 23 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m1613

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Re: The BMJ Awards 2020: Outstanding contribution to health. A reply to Medical student Kiran Khan

Dear Kiran Khan

You are young, enthusiastic, computer savvy. I am in the twilight. But hope that the enthusiasm of your generation will keep the NHS sustained. That you will trump the efforts from across the Atlantic to swallow up the NHS. Our COMMONS have voted down an amendment which would have protected the NHS from foreign control.

A suggestion or two, if I may.

Could you, the medical students and new graduates, please check in your hospitals whether they are equalling or exceeding the recycling being carried out in Australia? Just have a look at the internet.

Could you young folk, good at internet searches and also with access to the pharmacology books of my youth (1950s), see whether some of the old remedies, plant based, could replace costly modern medicines?
I am thinking of Gentian (originally from the Swiss Alps but you can grow it in our England) which was used in my youth.
Then there is Penicillin. Do we really need to use very costly newer antibiotics IF penicillin would do?

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 July 2020
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England