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This is a fantastic book! The author writes from his viewpoint of being in the medical profession in England. Doctors are treated different overseas than they are here (from what I have been told), so it is refreshing to gain insight to another countries medical environment. There are some laughs and some moments you feel very sad foe the situation. That is an amazing task for such a short 100 page book, but it is masterfully done in this text.
Adam has a heart of gold & if the NHS didn’t fail him he would still be an excellent & deeply compassionate physician. It breaks my heart because patients desperately need doctors like him. Before reading this I had no idea how bad life was for doctors in the UK. (I’m from the USA) I hope his memoir will lead to change for the sake of all: both the doctors in training and the patients whose lives depend on them.
Really enjoyed this book. Easy and quick to read. Funny and light but with a hard hitting point. I’m an RN and can have experienced, first hand, over worked and over tired physicians and it’s a shame that it is like that. We need change.
The Reading Agency is passionate about literacy. Every Year a number of authors are encouraged to write short stories to promote reading. At just a £1 and freely available in book shops they are the sort of books you can share and encourage others to read when normally they would shy away from a novel packed with loads of words. This is going to hurt is unusual in that it has been adapted from Adam Kay’s bestselling book. This abridged version was specially rewritten for ease of reading by Francesca Main. It was a Quick Read in every sense, the writing style is a series of diary entries by Adam from his time as a Junior Doctor. I read it in one sitting and feel confident it would suit anyone interested in the NHS and a fan of Holby or Casualty. Written with humour and passion. It is an open insight to how tough the life of a junior doctor can be. It mentions the highs and the lows but despite the lack of sleep there is no shortage of skill, dedication and wit. It left me so full of admiration for the work doctors do and the long hours they are compelled to work. It isn’t a political rant but a testimony of someone who knows and cares for patients and the health of the NHS. “I hope it will give a glimpse of what the job really involves.” Reading this you will think that the government line when they criticise junior doctors perhaps indicates they have never been a patient in our hospitals or spent seven hours shadowing a doctor during perhaps a 97 hour week. I love anything that makes reading more accessible and this is a book all should read for we all need and rely on the NHS.
The book tells funny stories, yes; but is also very poignant. What struck me most are these quotations from the end of this book: "In 2016, the [UK] government started forcing doctors to work harder than ever for less money than ever. .. There were MPs who lied .. and said that doctors were being greedy. .. this is nonsense." "When I left, it was very rare for a doctor to change career. Now it happens extremely often. The job is so stressful and so difficult these days .." "Think about the toll the job takes on every doctor, nurse and midwife. .. Don't forget that they do an impossible job and try to do their very best every day."
I loved this book both for the humour & the honesty of how it is written . As a front line worker myself I see the strain & lack of support given to all the staff from the higher up level. Alas how sad it is to lose yet another medic from the NHS due to over work , over expectations & very much underpaid.
Only a medic can appreciate the 5 stars this book deserves. Having spent 45 years as a nurse from junior to senior management it is sobering to read Adam's accounts. We lose so many talented Drs and Nurses, we are obviously not worth retaining ? The accounts in this book are so funny and yet so so sad, and remain comparatively mild.