News in brief: September 2011
Junior doctors starting internships in the US will get shorter shifts and more sleep as a result of new rules introduced this summer to curb excessive working hours.
Interns, or first year residents, will be limited to 16 hour shifts, by new rules from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The council’s previous regulations allowed residents to work 80 hours a week and up to 30 hours in one shift.
However, second and third year residents will still be able to work 28 hours at a time.
“There’s very little evidence that more hours are better, and there’s a lot of evidence that it’s harmful to patients and residents,” Lucian Leape, a professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, told NPR news. All resident shifts, he said, should be limited to 12 hours.
Patents for seven of the world’s 20 best selling drugs will expire