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The Bitter Pill
An Insider's Shocking Expose of the Irish Health System
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Dr X has worked in Ireland's health service over the past six years. Like hundreds of other junior doctors, he has witnessed first-hand the problems facing the system, such as: * the effects of a culture of fear, bullying and rank-closing in the upper echelons of the profession * the side-lining of professionals who speak up * the unhygienic habits of health professionals as the MRSA virus runs rampant throughout Irish hospitals * the debilitating exhaustion from shifts up to fifty-six hours long, and the life-threatening consequences to patients Like hundreds of his colleagues, he has felt powerless to speak out, knowing there is no heroism in being a whistleblower. In The Bitter Pill, Dr X finds himself unable to remain a silent witness. Here he describes the problems from within, using personal experience, along with that of his colleagues, to highlight the day-to-day realities crippling the system. The anonymous author makes a passionate case for change, offering simple solutions that could affect change now -- if the will were there. A cautionary picture emerges of a culture often more intent on vested interest than patients' needs.
The Bitter Pill is an honest, controversial and at times shocking account by a doctor who has not lost the ideals embodied within the Hippocratic oath -- to work only 'for the good of my patients' -- and who is willing to risk it all for the truth be heard.


ISBN-13: 9780340951323
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Hodder Headline Ireland)
Publication date: September, 2007
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 129.00 x 197.00 x 18.00
Weight: 180g
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Subcategories: General Practice, Infectious Diseases, Public Health


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