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No time to train the surgeons: Learning from the New Zealand experience

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1134
  1. Lauren Ovens, senior house officer, cardiothoracic surgery (
  1. St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE

    EDITOR—In New Zealand in 1985 junior doctors' working hours fell from an average of well over 80 hours a week to less than 58 hours a week within a year.1 This helped satisfy concerns that quality of care was adversely affected by fatigue caused by excessive hours. Several …

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