The hospital ran on as usual, and at least from a student perspective, it seemed like nothing had changed. Medical professionals refer to some situations as never events — catastrophic accidents occurring in the NHS that often invoke a huge change in practice. For example, a misplaced feeding tube in a patient that went into the respiratory tract rather than the stomach, following which the procedure is only performed by more senior doctors in that trust or region. Disastrous accidents are vigilantly assessed within our healthcare systems because we aim to give our patients the best, safest, fairest care we can possibly deliver.
To me, junior doctor suicide is a never event — it should be as shocking and distressing to all of us, NHS workers or not. And if we strive to do the utmost for our patients, we should definitely be doing so for our most vulnerable staff. The British Medical Association offers free, confidential support to doctors and medical students on In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on or email jo samaritans.
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