Doctor fatigue leads to car accidents, near misses: survey

It's a wake-up call to challenge the idea it's 'heroic' to work long hours, say study authors

Almost half of anaesthetists and intensivists have had a car accident or a near miss due to work fatigue, a UK survey shows. 

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Nearly 3850 UK and Republic of Ireland consultants in anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care responded to the survey on out-of-hours working arrangements, causes of work-related fatigue and its impact on commuting and other areas of life.

Almost half (45%) said they had had an accident or near miss while commuting when fatigued.

And most of the doctors had experienced work-related fatigue

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