Patients more likely to die during 'black Wednesday'

There is expected to be a higher than average number of deaths among hospital patients today as thousands of junior doctors start their new jobs, it has emerged.

The first Wednesday in August, when newly-qualified doctors arrive on hospital wards, has been dubbed "black Wednesday" due to links to a rise in mortality rates.

Research suggests that deaths rise by around 6%, as the impact of the influx of new trainees is compounded by more experienced junior medics moving departments.

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Half of junior doctors 'concerned about quality of care'

Half of junior doctors have concerns about the quality of care in their workplace, a new poll has found.

The Medical Protection Society poll of 1,000 training medics already working in hospitals also found:

  • 70% feel they do not have enough time to care for patients.
  • 82% have struggled with long hours in the last year.
  • Almost two thirds said they had difficulty with heavy workloads.
  • One in 20 have been forced to take time off due to stress.

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