August comes around again – don’t be ill this month

Even the Junior doctors are now aware of the risks of August inductions, and the national changeover of junior doctors. I remind readers of previous entries/postings. A letter in the student BMJ from Matthew Billingsley highlights the problems from the junior doctor perspective.. Its now up to commissioners to insist on staggered induction, reduced holidays during induction, and a better date for changeover (October?). This will save lives.. exactly what they are meant to do.

Dear Colleague,

The transition into foundation training can be daunting. But don’t fret – Student BMJ is here for you. We have lots of advice on how to survive and thrive as a junior doctor below. Also, check out our recently published articles on COPD and applying to the academic foundation programme.

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The junior doctor survival guide

Surviving a ward on call

Making a mistake 

COPD: Managing acute exacerbations 

Applying to the Academic Foundation Programme

Best wishes, Editor, Student BMJ

Dont be Ill in August & particularly on the 11/12th …. A reminder that nothing much has changed and how hard it is to make the change

Dont be ill in the August NHS changeover week

Thousands of juniors start jobs in NHS ‘killing season’ – The

Patients die because of our “arrangements”. Chaos as hospitals promote all trainee doctors at once


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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