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UK physicians work 21 hours a week more than contracted, says report

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:888
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Consultant physicians in the NHS are working an average of 21 hours each week more than they are contracted to, a survey published last week has shown.

    Consultants taking part in the survey reported that they worked an average of an additional six sessions (notional half days of 3.5 hours) each week more than contracted.

    On average, consultants spent just over 11 hours in general medicine each week and 24 hours in their main specialty. In addition, 11% of consultants worked more than 8.6 hours in a further specialty. Physicians in acute specialties spent …

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