Junior doctors' hours

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.187 (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:187

Shift work is poisoning juniors

  1. V Vasantha Kumar
  1. Consultant physician Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes MK6 5LD

    EDITOR,—Christopher Wong is right when he says that the current trend towards a reduction in junior doctors' working hours has gone too far.1 Doctors have always worked long hours and were paid nothing for being on call until the 1970s, when they began to be paid some 30% of their standard pay for night duty, weekends, etc. All that was needed to improve the system was to pay …

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