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Junior doctors lose legal test case over right to have breaks every four hours

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1762 (Published 20 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1762
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors have lost a High Court test case backed by the BMA over their right to have a 30 minute break every four hours or be paid at a higher rate.1

The group of 21 doctors, led by Sarah Hallett, argued that Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust breached their employment contracts by using an incorrect system to monitor rotas to check whether doctors took their breaks.2

Hallett brought the case on behalf of herself and another 20 doctors training at the trust between August 2013 and August 2014, when she was in her foundation year. She is now a paediatric trainee and deputy chair for education and training of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee.

The junior doctors argued that Department …

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