6 Jul, 16 | by BMJ
As I sit at the bedside of my dying father at 04h30 in a small palliative care unit in the Scottish Borders I wonder about lots of things and about how I love the NHS (and NHS Scotland).
I’ve worked in the NHS since I qualified in 1987 and have been a GP in Gateshead for 21 years.
I love my work—the patients, the dedicated practice staff, my varied and supportive colleagues, those in the practice and the locality and those in secondary care. The place is filled with caring, conscientious, and intelligent practitioners. That’s not to say things don’t go wrong but there is a lot of endeavoring. Endeavoring to care well, be patient centered, to get it right for each person, to set up systems that work to keep patients safe, and protect staff from harmful errors. more…