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EU working time directive will include the time doctors spend on call

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:840
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The hours doctors spend on call in hospitals—even if they are not treating patients—should be counted as part of their working time under European Union legislation, according to the top legal adviser to the European Court of Justice.

    The advocate general, Mr Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo, gave his opinion in a case referred to the Luxembourg based court from Germany that could go a long way towards clarifying complex EU rules. Under European working time legislation …

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