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New category of on-call work suggested

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1278
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission is challenging the medical profession and public health authorities to agree to create a new category in existing working time legislation to cover doctors on call.

    This would define the inactive periods spent on call and would be in addition to the two current categories that divide time simply into “work” and “rest.”

    Securing an agreement between doctors and their employers will be difficult. It will not be made easier by the fact that the commission has deliberately left unsaid whether its call for a definition of “inactive on-call time” would apply to periods …

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