Junior doctors: your life in their hands
Can broadcasting your working day on television make you a better doctor?
The BBC Three programme, Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands, was back on our television screens again recently for a second series, after the success of the first series last year. The show relocated from the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the General in Newcastle to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in south west London. It is a fly on the wall documentary following the lives of eight newly qualified doctors as they start their careers. It seems that the public’s interest in reality television has not been sated just yet.
The first series was so popular that it had the highest ever ratings on BBC Three for a factual entertainment programme, and the show was repeated on BBC One.1 But is it wise for such junior and inexperienced doctors to put themselves in the public eye on national television? Inevitably they made mistakes and opened themselves up to ridicule.