Are junior doctors being pushed to the brink?


by Francine Anker |
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Last week the working conditions of junior doctors came under the spotlight after it emerged Dr Rose Polge, 25, had gone missing.

The junior doctor - whose car was found abandoned on the Devon coast - disappeared on 12 February.

A note was found in her car, which made a reference to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Rose was an active campaigner against plans to change working hours and conditions for junior doctors. The search for Rose has now been scaled down.

Closer spoke to another junior doctor - who has asked to remain anonymous - about the strain medics are under.

She says: “My blood ran cold when I heard about missing junior doctor Rose Polge.

I know how she may have felt.

"Two years ago I spent the most hellish six months of my life working at a small, understaffed hospital in north England.

"No-one becomes a doctor for an easy life but nothing could have prepared me for the daily despair and desperation.

"I worked 12 days or nights in a row, with shifts lasting between 10 and 13 hours.

"Often I had several very sick patients all needing attention at once, nurses asking me questions, my bleeper constantly alerting me to more emergencies, and very little support.

"I was run ragged, shattered and hungry. There was never time to take a break and I was terrified of making a wrong decision."

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