Pressure builds for reform on ‘voiceless’ unaccredited registrars

Public hospitals are allegedly exploiting a shortfall in training positions by overworking junior doctors desperate for good references
Jocelyn Wright
Dr Yumiko Kadota
Dr Yumiko Kadota.

The use of unaccredited registrars by public hospitals should be phased out because the positions exploit the growing desperation of junior doctors to win places on specialty training programs, critics say.

The call follows Dr Yumiko Kadota’s harrowing account of her life as an unaccredited surgical registrar at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney, where she was put on call for 180 continuous hours over two weeks.