Half of paediatric consultants would not take part in shift working

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2536
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

More than half of UK paediatric consultants who responded to a survey said that they would not take part in resident shift working, despite the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health advocating consultant resident shift working as the best model for improving the quality of paediatric care.

A total of 52.2% of the 2352 consultants who responded (72% response rate) to the college’s biennial workforce census of senior paediatricians said that they would not consider resident shift working “under any circumstances.”

Just over a quarter (29.3%) said that they would support consultant shift working if it was time limited and a structured part of career development, …

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