Wednesday, 4 August 2010

First day at the coal face!

This is our youngest daughter Hannah.  Today is her first day as an A&E doctor at Bedford Hospital. Having worked for one year as a Foundation doctor she is now a 'senior' house officer.

Up until now Hannah has spent much of her time carrying out the wishes of more senior doctors. So now begins the daunting task of making her own decisions about patient's diagnoses and treatment.

I have to say I've been impressed with Hannah's commitment and conscientiousness (two words generally absent from my school reports). Old doctors like me tend to generalise about the modern young doctors and their 9-5 mentality, but Hannah has proved me wrong.

It gives me hope that if I'm spared I'll be well cared for by the medical profession in my old age. If only I could count on the NHS being preserved. I really hope so.

All the best to her.
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