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Cambridge Literary Festival – A Year on the NHS Front Line
Tuesday March 23£6.00
Tuesday, 23 March at 7.00 pm. £6.00
Marking one year since the UK was plunged into a lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke and GP Gavin Francis share their experiences of tragedy, frustration, courage and kindness from the frontline.
Rachel Clarke’s latest book, Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic, provides an unflinching account of a health service at absolute breaking point in April 2020 during the UK’s first wave. As a palliative care doctor, Clarke describes her frustration and argues that government ineptitude and lies are responsible for much of the UK’s covid chaos. She’ll be joined by GP Gavin Francis, who similarly authored his book Intensive Care: A GP, A Community, and Covid-19 across nine months of caring for a society in crisis. Working in both urban and rural areas, Francis gives an intimate account of the devastating effects of the pandemic across communities and GP surgeries struggling to cope with the surge in mental health crises across age demographics.
This event will be broadcast live on 23 March, and will be available to buy and watch on demand until 30 March.
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