Half of junior doctors 'working too long'

Almost half of all junior doctors are still working hours that will breach new European regulations.

Figures from NHS Employers show 46 per cent of junior doctors are still made to work more than 48 hours a week.   

The European Working Time Directive aims to reduce weekly working from 56 hours in 2004 to 48 by August 2009.

Mr Ram Moorthy, chairman of the juniors doctors’ committee at the BMA, said: ‘The new figures on junior doctor working hours are worrying. Trusts have had many years to prepare for the introduction of the European Working Time Directive and it is of concern that so much remains to be done to bring junior doctors working hours down in line with the rest of the medical profession.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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