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David Oliver: Supervision and clinical autonomy for junior doctors—have we gone too far?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4659 (Published 14 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4659

Re: David Oliver: Supervision and clinical autonomy for junior doctors—have we gone too far?

Societal expectations as well as the current medico legal environment is driving the NHS towards a ' risk aversion' model of clinical care.

In the near future, artificial intelligence led algorithms are likely to make people (falsely) believe in 'perfect health care'.

So 'clinical autonomy for junior doctors' is likely to erode further and there aren't any easy answers.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 November 2017
Santhanam Sundar
Consultant Oncologist
Nottingham City Hospital