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German union threatens strike over doctors' long hours

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    A dispute over doctors' working hours in hospitals in Germany is escalating, after the county's largest union of doctors warned that it would take strike action unless hospitals implemented an EU court ruling to cut doctors' working hours.

    The Marburger Union—which represents 80 000 of the 122 000 clinical doctors in Germany—said that doctors are still working up to 80 hours a week in hospitals despite a ruling by the European Court, which was incorporated into German law and which required doctors' working hours to be …

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