European court rules that ambulance staff are covered by working time legislationBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.878-c (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:878
- Rory Watson
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 …