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Acute medicine needs to be available 365 days a year

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 01 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:52
  1. Colin Semple, consultant physician (
  1. Diabetes Centre, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow G51 4TF

    EDITOR—The inexorable rise in medical admissions in the United Kingdom is well documented if poorly understood.1 The increased activity has produced inevitable stresses at a time when bed numbers have fallen, the hours of work for doctors in training are being reduced, and the importance of formalised education in addition to experiential training is being increasingly recognised. 2 3

    The working practices of doctors and nurses in many acute units are changing radically in an …

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