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Letters Black Wednesday

Consultants might be less available on Black Wednesday

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 02 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4395
  1. Raphael PZ Rifkin-Zybutz, medical student,
  2. Thomas Taylor, medical student,
  3. Jonathan I Spencer, medical student
  1. University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Divisional Office, University of Oxford Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. raphrz{at}

The start date for new junior doctors is referred to as “Black Wednesday,” coined after a 2009 study showed that patients admitted to hospital in the first week in August had a 6-8% higher mortality rate than those admitted in the last week of July.1 As The …

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