More doctors is not the answer to the EU Working Time Directive

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 11 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:68
  1. Rhona MacDonald
  1. BMJ

    Recruiting extra doctors in order to comply with the European Working Time Directive is not the most effective use of financial and human resources, warns the Department of Health in guidance issued last week.

    Instead, it suggests that “creative redesign” of working patterns is needed, including changing the working patterns of consultants and specialist registrars, to avoid the big increases in staffing …

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