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Latest Working Time Directive Stories

2011-11-11 14:22:02

BMJ Careers: Rotas exempted from 48 hour limit now compliant Most of the 300 doctors in training rotas exempted from the 48 hour limit on working time imposed by the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) are now compliant, according to a report by BMJ Careers today. Rotas at 77 hospital trusts in England were "derogated" from the EWTD when it was introduced in August 2009, allowing them to operate at a maximum of 52 hours a week instead of 48 hours until 31 July 2011. A total of 57...

2011-03-23 13:31:55

Research: Impact of reduction in working hours for doctors in training on postgraduate medical education and patients' outcomes: systematic review Reducing doctors' working hours from over 80 a week does not seem to have adversely affected patient safety and has had limited impact on postgraduate training in the United States, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Further work is now needed to assess the impact of reducing hours to 48 a week in Europe, say the authors. There has been a...

2008-08-04 12:00:31

FOR generations, Britain's junior doctors were synonymous with exploitation and overwork. To deliver its services, the National Health Service relied on them working up to 100 hours a week. It is self-evident that this put both doctors and their patients at risk. In 1998, most British employees, including hospital consultants, became subject to the European Working Time Directive, restricting working hours. It was a measure intended to create minimum rights for all workers. Cognisant that...

2005-06-16 10:55:00

The European working time directive may put doctors' and patients' lives at risk, warn experts in this week's BMJ. Introduced in August 2004, it aims to reduce working hours in order to improve workers' health and safety, but the current NHS shift system could threaten doctors' and, moreover, patients' safety, argue Professor Roy Pounder and colleagues. Junior doctors' working hours are now limited to a shift of no more than 13 hours followed by a break of at least 11 hours. But a survey in...