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Coroner calls for ban on junior doctors working unsupervised at night

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g222
  1. Helen Barnett
  1. 1Basildon

A coroner has called for a ban on junior doctors working alone on night shifts, after a woman’s death at Basildon Hospital uncovered “woefully inadequate” care.

Lyn O’Reilly, 57, contracted a fatal infection after a bowel operation, and senior consultants missed the infection. Over the 2012 August bank holiday weekend she was put under the care of junior doctors who had been in the job for only four weeks. One junior doctor was caring for 130 patients alone during a night shift.

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