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Trusts are ill prepared for 58 hour week for junior doctors

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:484
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    Trusts may be ill prepared for new limits on junior doctors' working hours because of a lack of government support and confusion over the legislative details, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

    Doctors' leaders have informed the House of Lords inquiry that national guidance has failed to materialise on how trusts can cut junior doctors' weekly hours to 58—just months away from the deadline.

    From August 2004 the European Working Time Directive will be extended to include junior doctors. The cut in hours is equivalent to about a 10% drop in the total hours worked by such trainees. But the BMA has told the inquiry that the working time directive pilots taking place throughout England …

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