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Letters Why healthcare needs rebels

We need rebels to imagine better futures

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 22 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2836
  1. Ryan Essex, research fellow
  1. Institute for Lifecourse Development, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK
  1. r.w.essex{at}

Godlee touches on the often overlooked issues of dissent, resistance, incivility, and indeed rebellion in relation to health.1 History certainly supports these observations. Almost 38 years ago to the day, staff occupied Hayes Cottage Hospital and Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital, successfully challenging their closure. We can trace “agitation” in public health back to the 1800s, …

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