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Poor handovers and rota gaps are a sign of problems with training, says GMC

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5104 (Published 30 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5104
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors who experience problems with handovers and rotas may not be getting the quality of training and support that they should be, the General Medical Council has said.

The two aspects of work were highlighted in the GMC’s 2018 national training survey as pressure points which were signs of heavy workloads and could affect patient care.1

The survey was sent to all doctors in foundation, core, and higher specialty training programmes and 51 956 trainees responded (a 96% response rate).

It found that of the 4712 (9.1%) trainees who said that their daytime workload was very heavy, 13% felt that handover arrangements did not always ensure continuity of care for patients …

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