Consultants' hours of work: a new perspective

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7526.1205-a (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1205
  1. Austin A Leach, consultant anaesthetist (austin.leach@rlbuht.nhs.uk)
  1. Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L7 8XP

    EDITOR—An estimated 6000 consultant years would be lost to the NHS if consultants exercised their (agreed) option of retiring at 60.1 I calculated the hours I worked as a trainee between 1982 and 1991, working on-call rotas of between 1:2 and 1:5. I then calculated the hours I have worked as a consultant from 1991 to date, taking into account the extra hours I was …

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