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Letters How to fix doctors’ rotas

How to fix doctors’ rotas: vacation policies and mutual respect

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5049
  1. Eugene Yeung, physician
  1. Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP, UK
  1. eugeney{at}

The main question is not “How to fix doctors’ rotas,” but what needs to be fixed?1

I understand the difficulty for both the rota coordinators and doctors dealing with insufficient resources and work scheduling. I learnt about mutual respect from the Canadian healthcare system. In the medical residency programmes in Ontario, Canada, policies state that vacation requests must …

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