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Sixty seconds on . . . guardians

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2486
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

So, are we talking guardian angels, guardians of the galaxy, or multiple copies of a leftie newspaper?

None of the above. “Guardians of safe working” are an entity created as part of the new contract for junior doctors in England.

It’s rather a highfalutin title. Who are these people?

NHS Employers said that the guardian would be a “senior person” who was otherwise independent from hospital management, so a consultant or senior manager. They would report to the board of the …

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