If the assault on the NHS by the Tory government could be said to have an upside, it is that doctors have been prompted to communicate with the wider public about what they do, and how, and why. This is a profession long characterised by its stiff upper lip, by respect for patient confidentiality and by an overwhelming lack of time (as these books make clear, uninterrupted urination is a luxury for an NHS doctor). Public relations have not been a priority – presumably doctors felt it was safe to assume that their work spoke for them.

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AuthorAlice O'Keeffe