“From the very heart of the NHS comes this brilliant insight into the continuing crisis in the health service. Rachel Clarke writes as the accomplished journalist she once was and as the leading junior joctor she now is – writing with humanity and compassion that at times reduced me to tears.”
Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
Rachel’s first book, Your Life in My Hands, will be published by John Blake Books on 13.07.17, and is available to pre-order her: http://bit.ly/YourLifeInMyHands
The book is a heartfelt, deeply personal account of life as a junior doctor in today’s health service. From the historic junior doctor strikes of 2016 to the ‘humanitarian crisis’ declared by the Red Cross, the overstretched health service is on the precipice, calling for junior doctors to draw on extraordinary reserves of what compelled them into medicine in the first place – and the value the NHS can least afford to lose – kindness.
Your Life In My Hands is at once a powerful polemic on the systematic degradation of Britain’s most vital public institution, and a love letter of optimism and hope to that same health service and those who support it. It capturing with tenderness and humanity the highs and lows of a new doctor’s first steps onto the wards in the context of a health service at breaking point – and what it means to be entrusted with carrying another’s life in your hands.