“The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has called on all universities in England to cancel placements scheduled for strike days over concerns for patient and staff safety”, reports The Guardian.
It said there was a “high” risk of students being asked to “act up” and cover junior doctors’ duties in their absence without the professional security to do so.
“Instructing students to not fill these gaps is unrealistic and does not take into account the power dynamic between students and clinicians,” DAUK wrote in a recent letter to the deans of medical schools.
“Further to this, students lack the professional indemnity to carry out such roles and would be putting themselves at risk doing so. To prevent these issues arising, medical students should not be expected to attend clinical placement during strike action.”
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