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Patient care is at risk from inadequate handovers, GMC finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 24 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3569
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Patient care at hospitals in the East Midlands is potentially at risk because of inadequate handovers between teams of doctors, a General Medical Council review has found.1

On 19 July the GMC published a report on medical education and training throughout the East Midlands after visits to five local education providers, two medical schools, and Health Education England’s local office in the region from October to December 2016. At the time around 3013 doctors were training in the East Midlands, the report found.

It said that trainees at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust had told the GMC that handovers at the trusts lacked continuity of care and may be unsafe for patients.

“At both Pilgrim Hospital and …

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