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#creativesupport - Be Part of the Solution

A few years ago, my dad lost a kidney because of misdiagnosed kidney stones. He was annoyed, and so was I, but there was no naming and shaming and no demand for compensation.

A few years ago, my dad lost a kidney because of misdiagnosed kidney stones. He was annoyed, and so was I, but there was no naming and shaming and no demand for compensation.

The reason - to my mind, anyway - is that we understood that doctors make mistakes. As a society we trust them, and wish that they wouldn't, but they do; and so for all of the successes and lives saved by doctors, punishing the mistakes, whatever the size, is in my opinion, not at all the right thing to do. A sentiment I found echoed more eloquently in this talk by Brian Goldman.

It is my strong belief, that support is by far the better response.

#creativesupport

The solution, then, is to show your support for not just doctors, but nurses, midwives and charities by creating a piece in your chosen medium, celebrating their hard work, and in the case of charities, attracting some donations.

Once you've donated blood, think about how you might use your skills to encourage others to do the same.

If a member of your family has been on the unfortunate end of an exchange, and you'd like to do something positive to help, rather than complain, then do it.

I'd love to see a piece of fiction or poetry in support of medical professionals and hard working charities.

Please help spread the #creativesupport word throughout July and August.