Latest Junior doctor Stories

2008-08-06 15:00:56

By Gareth Rose HEALTH chiefs plan to stage a recruitment drive to ease pressure on overworked junior transplant doctors in the Lothians. The group are among the hardest working medics in the country putting in up to 57 hours a week - slightly higher than the 56-hour target. Patients fear tiredness will lead to mistakes and have called on NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government to take action. Most medics - like all workers - have to meet a European Working Time Regulation of no more...

2008-08-04 12:00:31

FOR generations, Britain's junior doctors were synonymous with exploitation and overwork. To deliver its services, the National Health Service relied on them working up to 100 hours a week. It is self-evident that this put both doctors and their patients at risk. In 1998, most British employees, including hospital consultants, became subject to the European Working Time Directive, restricting working hours. It was a measure intended to create minimum rights for all workers. Cognisant that...

2008-07-05 09:00:23

By Lyndsay Moss Health Correspondent AROUND 1,000 more consultants are needed in Scotland to improve outcomes for patients, the leader of the country's doctors has told The Scotsman. Dr Peter Terry, chairman of the British Medical Association in Scotland, said evidence showed patients did better under the care of consultants. He said around 1,000 NHS posts occupied by junior doctors on fixed-term contracts could be converted into consultant roles, with doctors trained up to take them...

2008-07-02 06:01:01

RESEARCHERS at Warwick Medical School have found that reducing the hours of junior doctors does not compromise patients' safety Their study found it could even dramatically cut mistakes on wards. The research, carried out at Coventry's University Hospital in 2007, was being presented today at an NHS conference in London by Francesco P Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Warwick Medical School. (c) 2008 Coventry Evening Telegraph. Provided by ProQuest Information and...

2005-06-16 10:55:00

The European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk, warn experts in this week's BMJ. Introduced in August 2004, it aims to reduce working hours in order to improve workers' health and safety, but the current NHS shift system could threaten doctors' and, moreover, patients' safety, argue Professor Roy Pounder and colleagues. Junior doctors' working hours are now limited to a shift of no more than 13 hours followed by a break of at least 11 hours. But a survey in...

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