LETTER: NHS ageism and idealism

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The Independent Online
From Mr Rob Llewelyn

Sir: Of course young Brian is too old to be a doctor (leading article, 27 September).

NHS trusts depend upon the blind enthusiasm and natural energy of their youthful junior doctors, working for 72 hours a week, at 50 per cent of the hourly rate throughout weekends and nights, to maintain an even professional and financial keel.

Brian is not only too old - he may also be too idealistic.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Llewelyn

(Aged 32)

Senior Registrar in

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

West Kirby, Wirral

27 September