Doctors on night shifts need time for power naps, conference told

A UK anaesthetist has called on medical regulators to pay greater attention to doctors' fatigue, in the wake of a trainee's fatal car accident

Doctors should not be expected to work more than three nights in a row, and should be given time for power naps overnight, to reduce fatigue, says a UK anaesthetist who started campaigning after a trainee was killed in a car accident following a nightshift.

Speaking at a medical conference on Monday, Dr Nancy Redfern called on medical regulators to address the negative impact of sleep deprivation on doctors’ and patients’ safety.

“Those working shifts must ensure everyone gets a power nap, and that we

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