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European court rules that ambulance staff are covered by working time legislation

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:878
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The European Court of Justice has given another far reaching ruling on the European Union's working time legislation that will have a direct impact on emergency medical services and on the implementation of the maximum 48 hour working week.

The judgment came in a case involving the German Red Cross, which operates a land-based rescue service using ambulances and other emergency medical vehicles.

Under a collective agreement the employees' average weekly working time, including at least three hours a day on duty during which the emergency workers have to be available at their place of employment and be …

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