News in brief: June 2012
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the four chief medical officers in Britain, and medical education leaders have proposed four recommendations to ensure a smoother and safer transition period when new junior doctors start work.
Each year, on the first Wednesday of August, hospitals employ a new batch of junior doctors. Patients admitted on this day have a 6% greater risk of mortality and their length of stay can be prolonged by up to 7%.
Neil Douglas, chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, said: “Simple measures such as good clinical induction for all units . . . and fostering a culture which encourages trainees to seek senior advice will result in safer patient care and fewer overstressed trainees.”
The proposals recommend that new doctors receive comprehensive inductions and greater support while on call. They also advocate consultants be present to support trainees and suggest a reduction in elective