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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1224 (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1224

UK loses appeal against working time directive: The European Court of Justice has rejected Britain's appeal against enforcement of the European Union's working time directive. Under the directive employers would not be able to force employees to work more than 48 hours. Doctors in training are excluded; general practitioners are not covered because they are self employed; and consultants would be covered by the exemption for “managing …

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