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This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor Paperback – 19 Apr 2018
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I’d prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it’s like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It’s wonderful (Jonathan Ross)
So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription (Guardian)
Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable. (Stephen Fry)
You will laugh, cry and be overwhelmed with gratitude for the medical profession who work so shockingly hard to patch us up and prolong our lives (Daily Express)
Finally a true picture of the harrowing, hilarious and ultimately chaotic life of the junior doctor in all its gory glory, dark comedy and unavoidable sadness. A blisteringly funny account shot through with harrowing detail, many pertinent truths and the humanity we all hope doctors conceal behind their unflappable exteriors. (Jo Brand)
As hilarious as it is heartbreaking – and it IS heartbreaking (also hilarious) (Charlie Brooker)
Blisteringly funny, politically enraging and often heartbreaking . . . hilarious . . . brimming not just with humour but with humanity . . . This should be a wake-up call to all who value the NHS (Hannah Beckerman Sunday Express)
A funny, excoriatingly revealing, beautiful book (Dawn French)
The humour is unflinching in its darkness . . . Yet I did laugh. A lot. Kay is a skilful, muscular writer, his narrative swinging from laugh-out- loud anecdotes to tales of sheer horror. The book’s title is harrowingly apt . . . In the end, this book is a call to arms. That the NHS lost Kay is a tragedy. That this diary was written well before the Government’s battle with junior doctors is more disturbing still (i)
Hilarious and heartbreaking . . . I howled, yelped and occasionally choked with laughter . . . It’s an invigorating addition to the vogue for medical memoirs. I like to think of it sitting on a shelf next to Henry Marsh, Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, turning the air bluer and bluer. It has something of all those writers, but with an added dash of a profane Adrian Mole . . . This book may hurt, but in an important and necessary way (Cathy Rentzenbrink The Times)
The often hilarious, at times horrifying and occasionally heartbreaking diaries of a former junior doctor, and the story of why he decided to hang up his stethoscope.See all Product description
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Highly recommend this book and it should be a core read for anyone thinking of a career in medicine.
Anyway. Read it. Simply brilliant.
If you work in healthcare, a lot of the themes will resonate with you; and if you don't, you should read this to get a flavour of the demands placed upon our NHS.
Unlike most such memoirs, the book takes a very sudden and very dark turn at the end; just like obstetrics, things can go very wrong in a very big way and so very, very suddenly. A clinical disaster; but the sort of thing that each and every medic will have experienced; those that say they haven't are either liars or fools.
Throughout the book there are references to what the workload of a junior doctor in England is today; it would be totally unacceptable in any other profession. Much stems from managerialism; Kay describes how he is expected to fill rota gaps when he goes on holiday. That is the responsibility of the employer, not the employee; but as ever, management and politicians trade on the copious free will of professionals.
We end on his leaving medicine; it's clear, he could have become a consultant by now, and it's equally clear why he didn't, and left; and it ought to be clear just how many others have been worn down and worn out by the 'system' and have left.
I doubt if many managers will read this and reflect; I doubt if *unt will.
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anyone working in hospitals will be nodding there heads and laughing