Bernard de Sousa
Bernard was born in 1943 in Karachi, before Partition, in what is now Pakistan. He came to the UK via an exchange programme with the British Council and worked in a hospital in Chichester. He then worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and studied for his FRCS, afterwards working in hospitals in Oxford and Swindon. Bernard worked as a transplant Fellow in Liverpool and then acquired the post of Senior Registrar in Surgery there, before becoming a consultant in Bury. Altogether Bernard has worked for the NHS for 41 years.
The first coach trip in England
It was a strange experience because in those days you were not allowed to bring more than ten pounds sterling out of the country; that's all we were allowed. So I arrived at London Heathrow via a BOAC flight from Karachi with ten pounds in my pocket and my suitcase and one or two things. The plan was then to take a coach from Heathrow to Victoria Station. The conductress came across and said, 'Right, tickets!'. And she said mine would be seven and six, and I thought to myself, 'Oh I’ve only got ten pounds'. So I gave her ten pounds and she gave me change, but what she actually meant was seven shillings and six pence. So I thought, this can't be bad, you give her ten pounds and you get a lot back! But that was a lot − it was almost ten per cent of my possession gone on one trip.