Letters Was there ever a golden age for junior doctors?

Juniors’ “reduced” hours are more intense

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4078 (Published 26 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4078
  1. Kieran P Nunn, ST anaesthetics and intensive care
  1. Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK
  1. kieran.nunn{at}doctors.org.uk

Thank you for an interesting retrospective on junior work. There is no straightforward solution.

Not so long ago, treatment for many conditions was rest, as treatment options were limited. Today, smaller hospitals have only those inpatients who need active, often complex, intervention. Therefore, all patients covered by juniors are really sick. Reduced hours are intense hours.

Reduced hours …

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