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The bitter pill : an insider's shocking exposé of the Irish health system

by Doctor X

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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.… (more)
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This is the opinion of a young doctor in the Irish Healthcare system who solidifies much of my opinion of the mess that is our healthcare system.

He suggests a number of improvements that wouldn't be a bad idea. This book also includes the harrowing letter by Susie Long who pointed out some of the problems she faced. The problems that eventually killed her. Quite frightening and sobering. ( )
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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.

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