Dr Rachel Clarke is an NHS palliative care doctor, author and former television journalist. As a junior doctor in 2016, she was a leading voice in juniors’ dispute with the government that led to the first all-out junior doctor strikes in NHS history. She has written three Sunday Times bestselling non-fiction books about her medicine in the UK. Breathtaking (2021) describes her experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dear Life (2020), depicts her work in an NHS hospice. Your Life in My Hands (2017) documents life as a junior doctor on the NHS frontline.
Before going to medical school, Rachel was a broadcast journalist who produced and directed current affairs documentaries on subjects such as the Iraq War and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thank you to those of you who submitted questions for Dr Rachel. There were lots to choose from, but here are the questions she answered:
eloquent_orchard: Who or what inspired you to become a doctor?
marvellous_fig: Hi Rachel, what do you think is the best way to get others to listen to your opinion if they don't agree with it?
honorable_city: Hello Dr. Rachel, how are you? You've worked as a journalist before and now you're a doctor, right? Both professions have their pros and cons but which of them is more risky? And if you went back in time, would you stick to being a doctor or return to being a journalist? Or something else?
adaptable_thought: What can the government do to truly combat strikes around the world and make it a thing of the past?
nice_goji: What are some common misconceptions about doctors that you would like to dispel? For example, around strikes?
Well done to eloquent_orchard from St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school, honorable_city from New Khan-Younis Prep. Girls School A, adaptable_thought from Bomas Academy and nice_goji from Shouka Prep Girls School who have each been awarded 3 stars for their questions!
Over to you!
- Has Rachel made you think differently about strikes?
- Have you learned anything new or been inspired by Rachel?
- What’s your response to Rachel’s answers? Or would you like to reply to her?
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