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UK proposes 15 year delay for 48 hour week for doctors

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1307
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

A proposal by the British government that the European Union directive which limits working to 48 hours a week should not apply to junior doctors in the United Kingdom for another 15 years sparked a major political row last week.

At talks in Brussels, government officials proposed to the European Commission that the upper limit on hours worked by junior doctors in the United Kingdom should be 65 hours a week for the next eight years and 60 hours a week for …

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