Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date Sunday 30 August
When we all stood outside our front doors to clap for the NHS on lockdown Thursday nights, our rounds of grateful applause were for the sort of selfless, grinding, day-in, day-out work done in doctors’ surgeries as well as hospitals, care homes and the ambulance service. The nation’s gratitude to these dedicated people who put themselves at risk every day of their lives was palpable – and audible.
Amir Khan’s fascinating, moving new book tells us how he helped lead one of the busiest GP surgeries in the country through the unprecedented trials of the Covid pandemic.
Well known to TV viewers of GPs Behind Closed Doors and other programmes, Amir is an excellent communicator. His fly-on-the-surgery-wall account documents a back-breaking workload, surprises of all sorts (a woman about to give birth in the surgery, a man who drops his trousers in public to show the doctor exactly what the problem is) and also the extraordinary camaraderie of the NHS. Tears and laughter, hope and despair are the stuff of Amir Khan’s day and in this unflinching book, he reveals the realities of life on the medical front line in extraordinary times.
Amir talks to Sally Magnusson.
photo credit: Knickerbockerglory
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