Junior Doctors: Their Lives in Your Hands

Junior Doctors: Their Lives in Your Hands

When I wrote my New Year post, I was ready to leap into frequent updates, including on the important topic of self-care for writers. Then life happened. As most of you know, in addition to being a screenwriter and novelist, I am also a junior doctor. On 3rd February, I started a new job as an Advanced Trainee in Psychiatry - also known as a Specialist Registrar, or a psychiatrist who is becoming more specialised in one particular field. Medicine is a professional vocation that was once very popular, well thought of, and attractive to bright young things looking to make a difference. In many ways, it is still that - but it's also becoming harder. Let us count the ways: Cuts to NHS funding One of the first things you learn as a newly-qualified doctor is how to use the fax machine. As a twenty-something in 2010, I hadn't the faintest idea why we were addicted to this technology, but we still cling to it....
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