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Winter pressure is putting junior doctors’ training at risk, leaders warn

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k100
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors are being forced to miss opportunities for training because of winter pressure on the NHS, doctors’ leaders have warned.

On 2 January NHS England advised hospitals to postpone elective procedures until the end of January and to defer outpatient appointments and day case surgery in a bid to ease mounting pressure on services.1

Sarah Hallett, deputy chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, said that the deferrals in elective surgery and clinics were having a detrimental effect on trainees in surgery in particular, though all trainees were being affected. She …

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