The Four Yorkshiremen

Some of you may have read Ian Beardsell’s parody “What has Twitter ever do for us” (a take on Monty Python’s “What have the Romans ever done for us?”) – a nice synergy of humour and Emergency Medicine at StEmlyns I had always thought that “The Four Yorkshiremen” was vintage Python – but the original …

You gotta have love…

I was 14 when I nearly considered deliberate defenestration. It’s probably the closest I’ve ever been to suicide, but the memory of the angst that made me contemplate this action is still vivid. The Headmaster had asked each of the 30 pupils in our class to give a talk. I cannot even remember the details …

Be a ZERO, Not a HERO

DISCLAIMER : This post is about how medics interact within the various tribes. It is NOT about primary care vs teaching hospital, ED vs medics, surgeons vs anaesthetists. I’ve had some people comment on twitter that this is ‘about being a GP undermined by colleagues’. It’s not. It’s about clinicians, of whatever ilk, either undermining …

Contract Negotiations (again!)

Well it seems that some country doctors in SA remain embroiled in dispute over on call contracts with Country Health SA. The last contract expired in Nov 2011 and was supposed to be replaced by a contract offering improved terms for rural doctors who offer on call VMO services to public hospitals in addition to …

How I Met My Specialty

I’m a big fan of rural practice. To me it offers all of the ‘best bits’ of medicine and has been a rewarding career. But it is not everyone’s cup of tea…many junior doctors make their career decisions based on what they don;t like…and many will not be exposed to the over 70 different career …