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Summary

These are the extraordinary realities of the NHS front line. From the historic junior doctor strikes to the 'humanitarian crisis' declared by the Red Cross, the overstretched health service is on the precipice.

This is a powerful polemic on its systematic degradation and a letter of optimism to that same health service and those who support it. It captures with tenderness a new doctor's experiences of an NHS at breaking point.

©2017 Rachel Clarke (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"There have been many books written by young doctors...but none comes close to Clarke's." ( Sunday Times)
"From the very heart of the NHS comes this brilliant insight into the continuing crisis in the health service. Rachel Clarke writes as the accomplished journalist she once was and as the leading junior doctor she now is - writing with humanity and compassion that at times reduced me to tears." (Jon Snow, Channel 4 News)
"A powerful account of life on the NHS frontline. If only Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt could see the passion behind the people in the NHS, they might stop treating them as the enemy, and understand that without them we don't have an NHS worth the name." (Alastair Campbell)

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Very Political

Rachel comes from a long line of doctors and it is very apparent that compassion and kindness is in her DNA. She also writes beautifully due in part to her first chosen profession. At first I was taken back by the political bias of this story but all I can say now is ‘thank you Rachel’. Thank you for describing to us exactly what it is like to be a junior doctor and the results of all the political messing with our beloved NHS done by various governments, particularly this one.

This should be compulsory reading for the admin staff of the NHS and every member of parliament

A timely and well written book. Brilliant

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A brave, honest, heart felt view from the front line of the NHS . An informative insight in to how those in power have little regard for our well being and will lie and spin just to fulfill the lie. Life is cheap. The NHS is in crisis and beyond . As a nation we need to make sure we don't lose it and end up being asked for our credit cards before we are treated.

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Beloved NHS

What a beautifully told story of true likeness of our current nhs. as a front line nurse I understand n have experienced the winter pressure beds... which to be totally honest can be very dangerous for patients. when the hospital is at capacity n yet ambulances are dropping of patient's, all so that A&E does not get charged a massive fine. This no longer safeguards the patients and defeats the purpose of NHS.

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Essential listening for anyone who cares about our Health Service

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, beautifully written yet brutally honest portrayal of a national health service in crisis, and the imperfect but committed doctors trying to keep it working.

Brilliantly narrated this is a must listen for anyone who wants to understand the real and complex issues behind the sound bites which dominate the headlines about the NHS. This is also a moving story of a doctor’s struggle to reconcile her love for her profession with the immense mental, physical and emotional strain of having to battle not only the diseases which afflict her patients, but government spin and chronic underfunding.

Will make you grateful and angry, concerned about the future yet hopeful that people like Rachel Clarke are still fighting for the NHS which underpins our nation.

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Outstanding #NHSHero

Great audiobook which highlights the wonderful NHS and the people who work tirelessly to keep a 70 year old dream alive.

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Excellent listen

A thought provoking, well articulated and fascinating account of what is happening to the NHS

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Excellent book and narration

Very important and beautifully written book. If you want a really human insight into the state of the NHS, with some really moving moments, this book is for you.

This is greatly assisted by the lovely narration. I'm very picky about narrators, and loved this one. Clear, refined, relaxing but not at all boring, the narrator adds just enough to keep you engaged, without it being at all distracting.

Excellent stuff.

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Terrible narration

The narrator ruins this for me. Makes the author sound very sorry for herself and martyr like. Really over dramatised characters each with different terrible accents. Throws you a bit. Actual book was quite good. Could have enjoyed it.

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Tedious political rant

Gave up after the first 45 minutes which consisted of a mainly political statement. Sympathetic to doctors situation but I read to relax not to be burdened with politics.

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