Shift handover risk to patient
Published Date: 10 April 2010
POOR handover procedures in hospitals pose a “significant risk” to patients, doctors’ representatives have claimed.
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland said there were now an increasing number of shift changes, following the launch of the European Working Time Directive, limiting the hours doctors are allowed to work.
It said there were renewed concerns of a breakdown in continuity of care as patients were being repeatedly handed over to different shifts. The union is backing a Royal College of Physicians investigation into the issue and wants doctors to report any incidents.
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