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Medical accounting could be set to become a little more difficult as the rotas of senior physicians adapt to the changing needs of modern patients.

According to a report from the Royal College of Physicians, acute medical patients’ profiles have “changed dramatically” in the past two decades.

However, the job functions of senior physicians – and particularly on-call doctors – have not kept pace with these developments.

Dr Kevin Stewart, clinical director of the RCP’s clinical effectiveness and evaluation unit says: “Traditional rotas are neither safe for patients, nor good for clinicians.”

The survey of more than 100 hospitals discovered that patient outcomes are improved by physicians remaining on call for more than one day at a time, and remaining present in the acute medical unit for more than four hours per day over the course of a full seven-day week.

Any shift in working conditions could raise issues with medical accounting, if it has a knock-on effect on earnings.

However, our Manchester accountants have a wealth of experience in accounting for doctors, and will be ready to adapt if working patterns change in the years to come.