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60 seconds on . . . Black Wednesday

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 26 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3574
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Another day of discount shopping? Fantastic!

No, you fool—this is Black Wednesday, not Black Friday. It’s the first Wednesday in August, when a new cohort of junior doctors start working at NHS hospitals.

Ah, less exciting. So, what’s it about?

Also known as “the killing season,”1 Black Wednesday is reported in the media every year as a kind of hospital based apocalypse. In 2013, for example, our old friend the Daily Mail …

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