August changeover

August changeover

In UK hospitals, the day in August (usually the 1st) on which a wave of inexperienced new medical school graduates hit the wards for the first time. The August changeover is traditionally regarded as the worst day of the year to get sick enough to require hospital admission. A pilot study from the Imperial College of London showed an 8% increase in mortality.
Risks of August changeover New doctors have variable support and little knowledge of patients, teamwork, hospital functions, or medicine in general.
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The revised age identifier scheme (the annual registration plate letter change) present the industry with a new challenge for 1999, when the August changeover is replaced with a change both in March and September.