Study leave difficult to fund

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.596a (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:596
  1. D P Coates
  1. Directorate of Anaesthesia, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW

    EDITOR, - Like many college tutors I am wrestling with the task of designing an educational scheme for my department's trainees that is compatible with time that they are available and with service demands. The senior house officers and registrars work the equivalent of a 72 hour on call rota. The mathematics of this means that there are occasions when they have complete days free of a service commitment. They may well be recovering from a busy night on call.

    Senior house officers and registrars are entitled to up to 30 days' study leave each year. This, however, originated when the normal working week for trainees was frequently over 100 hours. Therefore the time that they could commit to training was considerably less than it is now. The hourly working week now is perhaps two thirds what it used to be. Has the time come to reduce the annual allocation of study leave to senior house officers and registrars to 20 days? I am sure that my department is not alone in finding it impossible to meet the financial demands of 30 days' leave with expenses.

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