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Doctors call for end to unsafe shift system

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:772
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The Royal College of Physicians has come up with what it claims is a safer and less tiring shift system for junior doctors. It could replace the current pattern of two 13 hour shifts in a day adopted by most NHS trusts, if the government approves it and individual trusts agree.

    But the proposal, which is based on three different nine hour shifts in 24 hours, could have staffing implications, college officials admit.

    “Patients' and doctors' safety is being compromised by the current rotas,” said Ian Gilmore, the college's president.

    Professor Gilmore said that the new rotas had started since changes had been made to the European Working Time Directive in 2004, under which junior doctors …

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