Lothian MSP backs Fight Fatigue campaign
Lothian MSP Miles Briggs is backing a national campaign from the Royal College of Anaesthetists to fight fatigue in the NHS.
In 2017 survey of more than 2,150 trainee anaesthetists was carried out which showed that 57% had experienced an accident or near miss when driving home after a night shift
Fatigue can have an impact on doctors and nurses ability to perform at their best, as well as affecting their wellbeing and safety getting home from work.
Well rested doctors make better decisions and retain knowledge better, which is especially important for junior doctors.
In the Scottish NHS there is a workforce crisis, with more doctors than ever leaving the profession, a trend that needs to be reveresed.
Reducing fatigue in the workplace is a key part of the Scottish Conservatives commitment to “Look after those who look after us” in NHS Scotland.
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:
“I fully support the Fight Fatigue Campaign and making working hours for junior doctors and all medical professionals safe.
“We need to see a fundamental shift in the working hours and culture for junior doctors, but there are measures such as installing sleeping pods in all hospital that can make a difference now.
“Well rested junior doctors and medical professionals perform better, retain knowledge more effectively, are more likely to stay in the medical profession and most importantly are safer.”