Produced by Matchlight, (C) Matchlight, 2012
Thirteen years ago, Dr Christian Jessen was a junior doctor working dangerously long hours which he feared might be putting patients at risk. He wasn't alone. The excessive hours junior doctors worked was front page news. In this Dispatches documentary for Channel 4, Dr Christian follows two junior doctors through their grueling working weeks, and as they are tested before and after their shifts to assess the toll their fatigue takes on their performance. He also investigates why junior doctors can feel pressured to work these hours and not speak out about their concerns. He unearths documents that prove that some NHS Trusts and Health Boards are aware of problems and concerns around their junior doctors' hours, and asks why Trusts seem to be struggling to safely schedule their junior doctors .