Letters Effects of fatigue in doctors

A 24/7 service needs many more doctors

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5114 (Published 04 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5114
  1. Douglas E Newton, retired intensivist1
  1. 1Port Appin, Argyll PA38 4DE, UK
  1. douglas.newton1{at}btopenworld.com

Written in the vacuum of the ethics dimension, this paper reminds me of the phrase, “it’s the economy stupid.”1 We used these arguments in the BMA negotiating committee, with Barbara Castle and David Owen.

In the 1970s I worked a one in two rota, all night on call. Droves of juniors were resident, however, as were experienced senior registrars. …

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