This is without a doubt one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.
You feel so deeply connected with the author as you journey with him through his adventure as a Junior Doctor sharing with us his diaries on the front line of the NHS. You will laugh with him, cry with him and want to punch him in the face for embedding such vile images into your brain that you won’t ever be able to get rid of.
Throughout the book you cannot help but feel compassion and outrage on his behalf. It’s an interesting and somewhat disturbing insight into the way our NHS is run. Due to the authors entries you are reminded that at the root of it all there is an actual real life person making so many sacrifices to provide us with health care, who go unappreciated and don’t even ask for thanks because thats their ‘job’.
But is it their job to cancel plans with friends, to leave girlfriends home alone wondering where they are, to cancel holidays last minute, to miss out on stag dos and friends weddings?
I don’t think so. It’s more than the ‘long’ hours and the shitty pay. it’s all the other things that go with it. It’s the dealings with death and illness, its making connections and growing fond of people only to know you will have to say goodbye. It’s missing out on life experiences and life in general. It truly touched my heart and angered me in equal measure.
It’s written in short diary entries from various days, so it’s a perfect book if you don’t want to get lost in a novel. You can just read a paragraph here and there (if you can put it down).
Most of us will know someone who works in the NHS so make the time to tell them you appreciate them, because if you don’t appreciate them after reading this you’re clearly a soulless dementor.
If you haven’t read this book yet I can’t recommend it enough. You experience the highs the lows and all the gruesome things in-between. Truly a worthwhile read. Thank you Adam Kay for opening all of our eyes and scarring them in the process.