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Refusing unsafe rotas

Post date: 29/04/2016

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 15/03/2019

The GMC has issued a statement to doctors who may be asked to cover rota gaps which they feel they cannot safely cover.

On the 19 April the GMC published a statement on ‘Refusing unsafe rotas’. This statement can be found on the GMC website along with a flowchart to support decision making.

Medical Protection can provide advice and support to members with ethical issues that may arise from their professional practice but may want to seek advice from their trade union in regards to any matters involving working conditions or employment matters. If you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at 0800 561 9090 or email

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