20 April 2010
“This new evidence from the RCP corroborates what surgical trainees have been telling us for months. Under EWTR, rotas are unworkable to the point of being dangerous, and junior doctors without adequate supervision are being asked to make critical decisions beyond their competence.
We have overwhelming evidence from the frontline that safe and effective hospital cover, especially at night, cannot be sustained under EWTR. You only have to look at the situation at Mid Staffordshire Trust, which was heavily criticised in an independent report earlier this year, to know that one trainee covering all surgical wards at night is a disaster waiting to happen”.