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Are accident and emergency senior house officers getting slower?
  1. P Gilligan1,
  2. R N Illingworth1,
  3. S Crane2,
  4. D Hegarty3
  1. 1Accident and Emergency Department, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Accident and Emergency Department, York District Hospital, York, UK
  3. 3The Avenue Practice, Alwoodley, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P Gilligan
 Accident and Emergency Department, The Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK;

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You sometimes hear people saying that senior house officers (SHOs) in emergency departments are not what they used to be.

We studied data collected over a five year period (1996–2001) on the number of patients seen by all SHOs who completed a six month post in our A&E department.

The 118 SHOs (62 male and 56 female) worked a full …

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