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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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Influx of new doctors 'linked to higher patient deaths'

Thousands of junior doctors start their new jobs today - dubbed "black Wednesday" because of links to higher death rates among patients.

The influx of newly-qualified doctors has been linked to a 6% increase in deaths. Credit: PA

Research has linked the first Wednesday in August to an increase in deaths of around 6%, as hospitals see not only newly-qualified doctors on their wards, but more experienced junior doctors move departments.

A majority of junior medics already working in hospitals across the UK also do not feel they have enough time to give patients the care they need, a new poll by the Medical Protection Society reveals.

Half of the 1,000 training doctors polled also said they had concerns about the quality of care in their workplace.

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