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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7125.3 (Published 10 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7125

The national trainees committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has conducted a second survey of trainees. The survey found that 74% of them were working more than 56 hours a week and 50.96% in excess of contracted hours. only 22% of those on on call rotas had successfully claimed class 2 additional duty hour rates. Others were unaware of the system, feared that it might result in the imposition of a partial shift, or had difficulty in having their claims accepted. The survey showed that many trainees had misgivings about partial and full shifts, and preferred a rota system with or without a 24 hour period off after a day on call.

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