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The European Working Time Directive: time to change?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 06 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5532
  1. Shreelata Datta, co-chair, BMA Junior Doctors Committee, and specialist registrar, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London, UK,
  2. J Chatterjee, past chair, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ National Trainees Committee, and clinical research fellow in gynae-oncology, Hammersmith Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London,
  3. D Roland, chair, Academy of Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors Group, and chair, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Trainees’ Committee,
  4. J E F Fitzgerald, immediate past president, Association of Surgeons in Training, and specialist registrar, Colorectal Surgery Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, London,
  5. D Sowden, chair, Conference of Postgraduate Medical Education Deans of the United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to: S Datta statta101{at}


Shreelata Datta and colleagues give an update on how working time regulations are affecting training and practice


  • Competing interests: None declared.

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