Weekend death effect due to junior doctors being under the pump

The 'weekend effect' in hospitals may be due to the intense working practices of junior doctors, Australian research suggests.

Mortality rates are higher in hospitals on Saturdays and Sundays, and this may be explained by higher rates of interruptions and multi-tasking for junior doctors compared with weekday shifts, a NSW hospital study found.

Working in hospital at weekends also meant junior medical officers (JMOs) had to deal with tiredness from having virtually no meal or rest breaks compared with weekdays.

Researchers from Macquarie