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Emergency service under threat from working time directive

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:184
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Emergency services could be forced to shut next autumn if trusts fail to overhaul the way units are run to cope with a drop in junior doctors' hours, the BMA has warned.

    Under the European working time directive junior doctors will not be allowed to work more than 58 hours a week from next August—14 hours less than the current 72 hours a week. A further reduction to 48 hours a week will be gradually introduced over the …

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