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Unsupervised junior surgeons carry out operations

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.831d (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Kamran Abbasi
  1. BMJ

    In 1995–6 a fifth of operations during weekday evenings and 7% during the daytime on weekdays were performed by apparently unsupervised senior house officers, according to the national confidential inquiry into peri-operative deaths.

    In the report, Who Operates When?, the pattern of surgical activity during 1995–6 in 355 British hospitals is described, with data from 51 000 cases. Only 6.1% of …

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