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British hospital doctor wins hours settlement

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1155 (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1155

The solicitor for Chris Johnstone, the former junior hospital doctor in Britain who last week won an out of court settlement over long working hours, is urging others to follow in his footsteps. Peter Taylor, a partner in the law firm Hempsons, cites research in 1987 which found that one in four junior hospital doctors was clinically depressed. “They've all got a claim now,” he said.

Dr Johnstone made legal history six years ago when he sued Bloomsbury (now Camden and Islington) Health Authority for damaging his health by making him work long hours in an obstetric unit. Last week, days before the case was due to start in the High Court, he accepted the health authority's pounds sterling5600 …

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