Junior surgeons are becoming deskilled as result of Calman proposalsBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7089.1281 (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1281
- F David Skidmore, Consultant surgeona
- a Joyce Green Hospital, Dartford, Kent DA1 5PL
Editor—With internal cover, I and three colleagues maintain a 1 in 4 surgical rota. Consultants with school aged children take holidays at Christmas, at Easter, and in August. The more senior consultants and those without children bear the brunt of increased on call work during these periods.
During March this year I was the duty consultant for 13 nights out of 31. This included a 72 hour midweek shift, a 72 hour weekend shift, and three 48 hour shifts. Hence I …