Flexible partial shifts should be made to work

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7015.1299 (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1299
  1. Ed O'Neill
  1. Chairman Northern Ireland Junior Doctors Committee, BMA, Belfast BT9 6SA

    EDITOR,--The new deal on junior doctors' hours arose out of an agreement signed in 1990, the government having been forced to address the issue of hours of work by a sustained campaign of publicity by junior doctors over the proceeding 3 years. Under the terms of the new deal no doctors should work more than 56 hours, whatever their working pattern. Set in the context of a maximum average of 72 hours on call, this obviously implies periods of rest.1 Despite the rantings of Christopher Wong this is not a new policy.1 2

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