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Fatigue and risk: are train drivers safer than doctors?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5107 (Published 13 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5107

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Re: Fatigue and risk: are train drivers safer than doctors?

I have brought this subject up at various BMA meetings [ including ARMs ] for years. So called 'on-call' has seen me work for 80 hours + with 2-3 hours sleep. Worse still, A+E consultants in Northern Ireland still do 80 hours of emergency medical on call at weekends, and still today do these hours at weekends with 3-4 hours sleep in 80 hours. I have personal experience of similar weekends. It is the duty of the BMA to define safe working and it has abrogated this responsibility for too long.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 November 2017
Josef K Kuriacose
Doctor of medicine
Medical Centre Moneymore