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How protective is the working time directive?: Two doctors mull over personal horror stories

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:574
  1. Farheena N Mecci, clinical tutor (,
  2. Akheel A Syed, specialist registrar
  1. Community Paediatrics, Dr Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore-560045, India
  2. University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR—As junior doctors of many years' standing (and several more ahead of us), with experience of work and training in two different parts of the world, we empathise with Abbasi's experiences as the European Working Time Directive was conceived.1 2

    The thrills of 56 hour continuous shifts are highly overrated. …

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