Forty eight hour working week becomes law

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 26 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:833
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. Linda Beecham, BMJ

    Consultants in Britain are worried that if the European Union's working time directive, which comes into force on 1 October, is applied rigidly the NHS will be unable to operate effectively.

    Under the directive all senior hospital doctors will be entitled to work only an average of 48 hours a week and have a weekly rest period of 24 hours every week, 11 hours' consecutive rest each day, and a minimum 20 minute rest break if the working day is longer …

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