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UK surgeons report that EU directive has cut training time

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7490.499-b (Published 03 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:499
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Surgical training in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland has been adversely affected by the introduction of the European working time directive in August 2004, an online survey of trainee surgeons shows.

    The survey found that nearly 90% of SHOs (senior house officers) considered that revised working patterns resulting from the directive had adversely affected their training by reducing their time in the operating theatre, contact with surgeon trainers, and/or time in outpatient clinics. The directive limits the working week for junior doctors to a maximum of 58 hours, with a reduction to 56 hours in 2007. Eighty two per cent of survey respondents said that their training time in theatre had decreased, and almost three quarters considered that direct contact time with their trainer(s) had decreased. More than half (58%) said that training time in outpatient clinics had also decreased.

    The results came from a recent online survey of trainee …

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