GMC issues advice on safe rotas for junior doctors

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2272
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

The UK General Medical Council has issued advice to junior doctors on covering gaps in their rotas and has reminded employers of their responsibility to rota doctors safely.

After receiving a number of queries through social media, the regulator issued guidance to doctors who might be asked to cover rota gaps that they believed they could not safely cover.1

It said that if doctors felt under pressure to cover a rota gap, “they should carefully consider their own health and welfare and the impact on their practice if they …

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