BriefingBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7214.3a (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3a-7214
The thirteen year delay in implementing the EU working time directive for junior doctors is being criticised in other countries of the union too. The Irish Medical Organisation (http://www.imo.ie) will ballot its 2, 500 junior members in December on industrial action. European social affairs ministers from Ireland and Britain backed the decision at a meeting earlier this month, apparently softening their initial demands for a 15 year delay. The IMO will be lobbying euro MPs to try to get the decision reversed.