Junior Staffing of A&E Departments

  • Henry Guly

Abstract

Providing emergency care in all specialties has always been a problem because the service needs to be provided 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Consultants have been reluctant to commit themselves to work outside normal working hours except for being on call for those problems which need their special expertise and hospitals have been reluctant to allow consultants’ time to be involved in emergency care for fear that the outpatient or inpatient waiting list grows excessively. Thus the care of emergencies in all specialties has largely fallen to junior doctors. This, in itself, has tended to exacerbate the problem as junior doctors working excessive and antisocial hours, believe that by the time they become consultants they have ‘earned’ the right to more civilised working hours and conditions.

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Europe Malone Lewin Tham BAEM 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Guly
    • 1
  1. 1.Derriford HospitalPlymouthUK

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