Letters Debate on weekend working

Training of young surgeons would be problematic if the NHS worked at weekends as it does during the week

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1875 (Published 26 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1875
  1. Stephen Brearley, consultant surgeon1
  1. 1Barts Health NHS Trust, Whipps Cross University Hospital, London E11 1NR, UK
  1. vascusurg{at}btconnect.com

Several problems would need to be overcome for the NHS to work at weekends exactly as it does on weekdays.1

Foremost is the provision of training to young surgeons. The amount of contact time I have with my trainees is already suboptimal, mostly …

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