Trainee experience of 'out of hours' surgical working in the UK: A cross-sectional analysis.
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Changes to working practices and increasing service demand have contributed to low morale amongst UK surgical trainees, with pressures particularly acute 'out of hours' (OOH). Surgeons may be expected to be 'on call' for multiple hospitals, or to provide remote consultations, yet healthcare systems may undermine their professional safety and patient care. This cross-sectional study sought to define the perceptions of UK-based Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) affiliated trainees of OOH surgical care and training.