When is a junior doctor no longer a junior doctor?

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Dr Justin Coleman takes on a pressing question.


When is a junior doctor not a junior doctor?

The answer is not ‘When they grow up’, but ‘When they work in the UK’, according to England’s chief medical officer.

The ‘junior’ descriptor was flagged last week by an Oxford University professor as being ‘unjust, progressively inaccurate and detrimental to self-esteem’ (

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