Forty eight hour working week becomes lawBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7162.833 (Published 26 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:833
- Linda Beecham
- 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 …