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Lack of sleep puts patients at risk

26th May 2010

The British Medical Association has released a report which warns that junior doctors could be putting their patients' lives in danger because of a lack of sleep.

The BMA in Scotland said junior staff were given rotas which included up to seven back-to-back shifts of 12.5 hours. The report said doctors should be given more sensible rotas and allowed regular rest breaks. Dr Gordon Lehany, chairman of BMA Scotland's junior doctors committee, said: "It is essential problems associated with irregular shifts are recognised and reduced."

 

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