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Junior doctors' shifts and sleep deprivation: New on-call rotas do not work

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:514
  1. Nicholas Akerman, specialist registrar in anaesthetics (
  1. Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough YO12 6QL

    EDITOR—Clearly the editorial by Murray et al on junior doctors' shifts has struck a chord with many, as on-call rotas are something close to many doctors hearts.1 2 To most it seems the grass is not greener on the other side.

    Having worked most rotas, be it a traditional one in four, with full weekends, to partial, hybrid, and full …

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