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2012-01-27 11:03:17

Junior doctors in the NHS are willing and able to help improve health services, but they don't feel valued or heard, reveals the results of a regional survey published online in BMJ Quality and Safety. The findings prompt the authors to conclude that junior doctors are "an untapped NHS resource," at a time when the NHS needs to draw on all the help it can get. The authors emailed an online questionnaire to 3766 doctors in training, from their first year after qualifying (foundation year...

2011-11-11 14:22:02

BMJ Careers: Rotas exempted from 48 hour limit now compliant Most of the 300 doctors in training rotas exempted from the 48 hour limit on working time imposed by the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) are now compliant, according to a report by BMJ Careers today. Rotas at 77 hospital trusts in England were "derogated" from the EWTD when it was introduced in August 2009, allowing them to operate at a maximum of 52 hours a week instead of 48 hours until 31 July 2011. A total of 57...

2011-07-06 06:18:27

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Junior doctors have no idea what they should be doing when a major incident, such as a terrorist attack or transport disaster occurs, according to this research. This knowledge gap could be critical, says the author, especially as the UK's current terrorism threat level is classified as "severe," meaning that a terrorist attack is highly likely. The Department of Health defines a major incident as "any event whose impact cannot be handled within routine service...

2011-06-30 13:48:58

Will our junior doctors be ready for the next major incident? A questionnaire audit on major incident awareness across 3 NHS Trusts in Wales Junior doctors have no idea what they should be doing when a major incident, such as a terrorist attack or transport disaster, occurs, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. This knowledge gap could be critical, says the author, especially as the UK's current terrorism threat level is classified as "severe," meaning that a terrorist...

2011-03-23 13:31:55

Research: Impact of reduction in working hours for doctors in training on postgraduate medical education and patients' outcomes: systematic review Reducing doctors' working hours from over 80 a week does not seem to have adversely affected patient safety and has had limited impact on postgraduate training in the United States, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Further work is now needed to assess the impact of reducing hours to 48 a week in Europe, say the authors. There has been a...

2010-07-07 12:49:03

Research: Medical graduates' early career choices of specialty and their eventual specialty destinations: UK prospective cohort studies Specialist medical training programmes should retain some flexibility to help trainee doctors make the right career choices, according to a study published on bmj.com today. Some UK medical graduates choose a specialty as soon as they qualify and others after a few years of postgraduate work. But changes to postgraduate medical training mean that junior...

2009-09-23 08:02:57

People admitted to English hospitals in an emergency on the first Wednesday in August have, on average, a six percent higher mortality rate than people admitted on the previous Wednesday, according to research published in PLoS ONE September 22. Newly qualified junior doctors start their new positions in NHS hospitals in England on the first Wednesday in August. The authors of the study, from the Dr Foster Unit and the Department of Acute Medicine at Imperial College London, say the excess...

2009-09-06 12:38:12

More than 100 doctors in the Australian state of Queensland say their long work hours leave them dangerously exhausted. The Brisbane Courier Mail said in its Monday edition that the Queensland doctors reported their troublesome working conditions in a confidential survey and one doctor admitted the strain has resulted in some patient deaths. We are killing people, and that's the truth, an anonymous surgical registrar said in the survey. Nearly 60 percent of the Queensland doctors surveyed...

2008-10-04 15:00:05

By HILL, Ruth OVER-DEPENDENCE on foreign doctors and nurses has made the health system vulnerable and the Government needs to invest urgently in training more doctors, the World Health Organisation says. The report, Can New Zealand Compete?, concludes that the health system faces "serious challenges" with demand for health professions set to outstrip supply by 2011. New Zealand has the highest proportion of migrant doctors among all OECD countries (52 per cent). Just 33 per cent of...

2008-08-21 18:00:00

By Madeleine Brindley Health Editor GPs could be drafted in to run a major hospital's casualty department because there are not enough junior doctors, it emerged last night. It is understood that Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust is considering transforming Singleton Hospital's casualty department in Swansea, into a daytime minor injuries unit. The unit would be staffed by GPs and open between 8amand 6.30pmonweekdays only. During evenings and at weekends it would become the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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