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Junior doctors win court appeal over how their hours were monitored

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 31 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4959
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors have won a Court of Appeal test case over the way their rest breaks were monitored in 2013-14. The judgment could have substantial financial implications for the NHS, so much so that the health secretary tried and failed to intervene in the case earlier this year.1

The case was brought by a group of 21 doctors, led by Sarah Hallett, deputy chair for education and training of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, and was backed by the BMA.

They argued that Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust breached their employment contracts by using an incorrect system to monitor rotas to check …

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