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Junior doctors' shifts and sleep deprivation: “Weeks of nights” give the illusion of working fewer hours

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:515
  1. Arvindan Veiraiah, specialist registrar clinical pharmacology (
  1. Llandough Hospital, Penarth CF64 2XX

    EDITOR—Murray et al present a good argument against the current practice of weeks of nights.1 However, many managers (and doctors) ask why doctors find even four nights in a row too difficult whereas nurses have managed quite well with a rota that entails a set of consecutive nights. There are …

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