Let's say patient health isn't affected by sleep deprived interns. Fine. But what about MY health?!!! Why don't they do a study on that?? Isn't my health just as important (to me it is very important).
I don't understand why medicine has zero respect for sleep when studies have shown over and over how important it is for healing. We are constantly waking up very sick people at all hours of the night to do H&Ps that can wait until the morning, or to round, or accidentally because there are 4 people in the room. It's not right! Can't we all just get some rest?
In Europe the residents work less, and consequently they know less, so the attendings have to pick up the slack and stay overnight on call with the residents. Also everyone makes less money. There's no free lunch unfortunately.