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On-call rooms should be available to lessen risks of driving after night shifts

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3643
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers
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Junior doctors have demanded that hospitals reinstate free on-call rooms so that trainees can get some rest during or after night shifts, so as to reduce their risk of crashes when driving home at the end of a shift.

Tom Berry, chairman of the BMA’s Scottish junior doctors committee, told the association’s junior doctors conference that driving after a night shift, especially a long or busy shift, triples the chance of a crash.

The risk is particularly pronounced after a doctor’s first night shift, when they may have been …

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