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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7104.3b (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3b-7104

“Exclusion of certain categories of workers from the general protection provided by the Working Time directive is an anomaly and needs to be corrected,” said EU employment and social affairs commissioner Padraig Flynn as he launched a white paper proposing action on the matter. The largest group of workers currently excluded are in the transport sector, but the EU's 270,000 doctors in training (also excluded) form a substantial minority. The essential aims of the present directive are to ensure that excessively long hours do not have adverse effects on workers' health and safety, and the white paper recognises the present “clear risk to the health and safety of a substantial number of trainee doctors.”

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