Around 7,000 graduates begin their first job as a doctor today and thousands more change to new jobs as their training continues.
The changeover has been labelled as ‘black Wednesday’ or the ‘killing season’ because of the rise in deaths.
Studies have shown that patients admitted as an emergency on the first Wednesday in August are six per cent more likely to die than on the previous Wednesday.
It was announced earlier this year that junior doctors will shadow a more senior colleague for four days in an attempt to reduce the number of mistakes made and ensure patients are kept safe. . .