Junior doctors' hours

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6925.417c (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:417
  1. P R Eldridge
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool L9 1AE.

    EDITOR, - I wish to correct some misconceptions that may arise from Jesper Poulsen's editorial on the European Union's draft directive on restrictions on hours of work.1 In neurosurgery, pressure to maintain an 83 hour week comes from both trainees and seniors. This is because continental Europeans are not trained to a standard equivalent to that in Britain.

    Britain has an accreditation process that assesses trainees and a system that approves training programmes. Clinical experience is viewed as fundamentally important to …

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