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Some small hospitals will have to close to meet working time directive

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:66
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    Health service provision in the United Kingdom will have to be radically reconfigured if it is to meet the demands of the European working time directive, the annual representative meeting of the BMA heard last week.

    The first phase of the directive will apply to doctors in training in 2004, when they will not be obliged to work longer than 48 hours.

    Fiona Kew, a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology in Sunderland, told the …

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