The Choice, episode 6/6: Different

  Jessica watched Stackson walk away. Her head was pumping with the offense, the latent chauvinism, the hurt caused by his words. Dennis the charge nurse was at her arm trying to apologise or explain or something, but Jessica moved away from him to follow her consultant. She caught him at a turn in the... Continue Reading →

The Choice, episode 5/6: Regret

  Jessica didn’t go to the memorial. She stayed true to her initial instincts. But she did visit the hospital quite regularly, and ten years later, when she was 67, they invited her to a celebration of local doctors. For she was about to retire herself, and her contribution to the community was going to... Continue Reading →

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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