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Medicopolitical Digest

Consultants must not be compulsorily resident

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1676
  1. Douglas Carnall,
  2. Linda Beecham,
  3. Jane Smith

    The conference agreed overwhelmingly that consultants should never be compulsorily resident on call, but it backed away from agreeing that limits should be set on the total number of hours that they could work.

    Dr Bob Buckland, a consultant anaesthetist in Winchester, argued that trainees' problems should not be passed on to consultants, though trusts were increasingly using this option as a short term solution when juniors were on holiday or sick leave. He called on the conference to produce guidance for consultants' …

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