Coronavirus: retired NHS staff called back to work in Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings
Retired doctors and nurses have received letters asking them to return to the NHS to support its fight against coronavirus. A retired doctor from this area, who wishes to remain anonymous, explains their thoughts on the request.
“The NHS must be unique among employers in that when you retire after more than 35 years of service you receive no letter of thanks, just some official documents to sign before you just slink away with your tail between your legs. But now that they want me back and have taken the trouble to write to me for help, what do I do?
“I have to help, of course. None of us went into medicine for reward but because of a desire to help others.
“That desire gets stretched numerous times over the years with many highs and lows as Adam Kay has written about so eloquently in his book ‘This Is Going To Hurt’.
“The wonderful people you meet and sometimes even manage to help despite a system which seems stacked against you, is its own reward.
“None of us like to work outside our comfort zone but in volunteering to help, I know that’s what I’ll have to do.
“The fears I must overcome include that of making an honest mistake with fatal consequences or the fear of an adverse outcome if I contract the virus myself as I surely will. Silly fears too such as learning a new computer record system or feeling that I’ve lost my edge and am just getting in the way.
“And yet, realistically, I know that these fears are as nothing compared with our grandparents’ generation who went to war.
“I know too that with experience comes resilience and I will find a way to cope with what lays ahead.”
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