28 May 2012
Calls have been made to have more consultants on duty in order to enhance healthcare on what will be one the worst days for the NHS of the year.
The first Wednesday of August has earned the unwelcome name of 'Black Wednesday' due to the number of medical graduates beginning their new jobs on the same date when the country's death rates skyrocket.
According to new research, more than 6,000 newly qualified doctors begin their careers in their chosen profession on this day.
At the same time, the date will also see the country's death rates increase by six per cent and take a further four months to return to normal levels.
Looking into how this problem can be avoided in future, Alastair Henderson, chief executive of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC), told the Independent: "There are practical complications with the changeover … But that doesn't mean there can't be a way of supervising and managing it safely.
"We are calling for better consultant cover to ensure there is absolutely proper supervision during this period."
The research coincides with prime minister David Cameron calling for a new rating system to be introduced to NHS hospitals, in order to enhance healthcare around the UK.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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