The Choice, episode 4/6: Invitation

  So, Jeremy Stackson had died, aged 82. Well into retirement. Jessica found an envelope in her wire tray. She was invited to an event – not a memorial as such, more an after-memorial appreciation, to be held in the hospital's postgraduate centre one evening. Food, wine. As a local practice lead and administrator, somebody... Continue Reading →

The Choice, episode 3/6: Trainee

  Not all the trainees that came to work with Jessica, now 47, were good. One, Helena Banks, appeared incapable of concentrating for more than forty-five minutes, and had such a ‘direct’ medical approach she habitually missed clues given by patients. Despite all the training, she had not developed any real sensitivity to non-verbal signs,... Continue Reading →

The Choice, episode 2/6: Presentation

  Ten years later, when Jessica described her route to partnership in general practice she did not dwell on that early ambition to be a surgeon. It was almost a cliché; too tough, too competitive... not compatible with life, la la la. Perhaps it hadn’t been a true ambition, more a flirtation. GP was a... Continue Reading →

The Choice, episode 1/6: Ward round

    This series was going to be called 'The Insult', but one of my favourite authors (Rupert Thomson) has already taken that title. The Choice is about a female doctor who experiences a severe knock to her confidence from an insensitive, bullying consultant. It spans five decades, jumping a decade between each episode. An... Continue Reading →

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