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Britain fails to stop 48 hour week limit

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7068.1283 (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1283

Britain failed to have the European Union's working time directive annulled by the European Court of Justice last week. Even though junior doctors are exempt from the directive, they hope to use the ruling to put pressure on the government to reduce working hours.

The directive must be implemented by 23 November this year. It stipulates that no one should have to work more than 48 hours a week, except by mutual agreement and provided that there are specific safeguards to prevent abuse.

The various exemptions in …

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