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Rachel Clarke: ‘NHS staff are burning with frustration and grief at this second wave'

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

The palliative care doctor and author on a year of Covid in UK hospitals and her hopes for the vaccine ‘The air reeks of invisible danger' - read an extract from Rachel Clarke's pandemic memoir Breathtaking You wrote Breathtaking towards the start of the pandemic when you couldn't sleep. Did you envisage that the world would still be looking the way it does almost a year later?
No, I truly did not. I started writing the book as a forlorn kind of nocturnal therapy at a time when cases were going down, it was midsummer, there was hope and optimism in the air. And although I was sure there...
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'The air reeks of invisible danger': an extract from Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

In this extract from her new book Breathtaking, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke reveals the pressure and pain of splitting her time between hospice patients and hospital Covid wards Rachel Clarke Q&A: ‘NHS staff are burning with frustration and grief at this second wave' Coronavirus - latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In January 2020, novel coronaviruses are nowhere on my mind. Like everyone working in the NHS, I am steeled for a home-grown catastrophe. For no matter how many patients lie on trolleys in corridors, how many ambulances sit trapped on hospital forecourts...
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