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Tiredness causing medical errors

22nd March 2007

Tiredness is putting patients’ lives at risk, according to a new study which showed two out of three junior doctors have made a mistake.

UK doctors’ working hours have been shortened by European legislation, but a study of more than 1,300 doctors found that shorter hours did not necessarily reduce the risks.

Instead night shifts and last minute rota changes were more responsible for causing tiredness and errors, according to the research in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Now junior doctors’ leaders have called for trusts to recognise the importance of rest time before and after shifts.



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