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Europe's junior doctors need better training

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1286

Junior doctors in Europe are working excessively long hours on rotas that routinely leave services understaffed and put doctors under pressure to do extra duties, says a report to the European Commission. The report was commissioned to get an overview of doctors' working hours because directive 93/104/EC stipulates a maximum 48 hour working week, although “doctors in training” are specifically excluded from its provisions.

Although on call hours vary widely and in Denmark, Germany, and Norway are weighted according to the amount of work performed, hours of between …

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