NHS needs culture shift regarding sleeping at work

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 18 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3982
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

The NHS needs a sizeable culture shift in its attitude to doctors sleeping during night shifts, Michael Farquhar, a paediatric consultant sleep specialist, has told BMJ Careers.

Farquhar said, “There is still this idea that if you are being paid you must not sleep, and that is fundamentally wrong. Your brain is not meant to be awake at night.”

He continued, “Planning sleep and using sleep in a careful and controlled way to improve the level of care that you are delivering is really important. But there is this blanket …

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