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First Do No Harm

Set against the 1974 backdrop of industrial action that beset the NHS, this engaging story builds on the author’s first two books about life at the fictional City General Hospital.

Laced with various plots, it gives a good account of the conflicts and challenges of health care at that time – which may sound familiar now.

Nurses are demanding a fair wage while the right to treat private patients is being espoused by consultants. Meanwhile, junior doctors are seeking a reduction in the hours they work.

The same characters who appeared in Sykes’ first two books feature again, with Paul Lambert, now a trainee surgeon, charged with supervising the new doctors who have come straight from medical school. Dr Lambert and his wife Kate, a surgical staff nurse, become alarmed at the devastating effect the disruption is having on their patients.

Readers can observe the threats to camaraderie that industrial action poses as operations are cancelled and nurses and doctors appear to be on different sides while seeking to maintain good patient care.

First Do No

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