Rachel Clarke is a current NHS doctor and former television journalist who cares passionately about standing up for her patients and the NHS. She works as a specialist in palliative medicine, believing that helping patients at the end of life experience the best quality life possible is priceless.
As well as writing extensively about the junior doctor dispute and health politics more broadly for the Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Huffington Post and BMJ, she has appeared on BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 News, BBC1, ITV, Sky, and give radio interviews to BBC Radio 4’s Today and PM programmes, Radio 1 and Radio 5 Live among others.
In 2016, she received the UK Medical Journalists’ Association award for blogger of the year.
Her first book, Your Life in My Hands, due out on 13.07.17, seeks to capture the truth about life on today’s NHS frontline.
Throughout the junior doctors’ dispute, she gave many television interviews for BBC1, BBC2 Newsnight, Channel 4 News, ITV and Sky, plus radio interviews for BBC Radio 4’s Today and PM programmes among others.
Sample television interviews:
Channel 4 News, September 2015 (shared online 339k times)
The #TimetoTalkJeremy protest:
In April 2016, I began a 24/7 peaceful protest outside the Department of Health, to try and persuade Jeremy Hunt to re-enter talks before junior doctors’ all out strike. This one minute film shows its launch as I entered DoH to ask to speak to the Health Secretary.
Press coverage of the protest in the Independent can be found here.