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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7085.3b (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7085

A report that evaluates the impact of the new deal on junior doctors has found that working hours have been cut at the expense of adequate rest periods between shifts. Researchers, who interviewed staff in a Birmingham NHS trust, found concerns among staff about the effect shift work had on the continuity of patient care. Junior doctors also reported that they worked for shorter periods of time, but they felt they worked more intensively and intermittently than before. The report found that time off was for shorter periods than previously, and often at antisocial times; long weekends were rarely possible. NHS Executive Equal Opportunities Unit. Taking the temperature of the new deal, 1997.

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