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We were lucky.
The BMA has many great contributors, and often either we or they want to turn their one-off articles into something more regular. But sustaining a regular column or blog is difficult. Not that there’s ever a shortage of material, but it can be a physical and mental effort to maintain the momentum.
Contributors might have two or three issues on which they feel strongly, and can write about easily – the trick is to be just as engaging with topics about which they are less familiar. And then be willing to write about them after a long day at work.
So we took a punt with a junior doctor who seemed thoughtful and creative. And we got an outstanding contributor. One who could write as engagingly about life and death as about squabbles in their department or the bureaucratic niceties of the NHS.
After more than 100 articles over two years, this doctor has moved on for personal reasons. We plan to maintain the blog, and are in talks with a successor. The first Secret Doctor was so productive that we have a number of articles that have yet to be published, so they should tide us over for the next few weeks. And we will maintain the Twitter account, answering any questions as best we can until the second Secret Doctor takes it over.
In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy the blog.
Neil Hallows is the BMA’s content editor
Read the blog and follow @TheSecretDr on Twitter
Keep up this insightful text. Gr8 work