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Working time rules must be kept after Brexit, say medical leaders

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 21 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5917
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Working time protections must not be undermined as part of the UK’s departure from the European Union, medical leaders have said.

Representatives from the BMA, the British Dental Association, and 11 medical, nursing, and midwifery royal colleges have written to the prime minister asking her not to remove European Working Time Regulations from UK law.

The regulations ensure that doctors do not work more than an average of 48 hours a week and guarantee rights such as rest breaks and statutory paid leave and were fully incorporated into the NHS in 2009.

The letter, sent on 20 December, …

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