BMA welcomes review of doctors' hours

The BMA has welcomed health secretary Alan Johnson's announcement of a review of the impact of the European Working Time Directive on doctors' training.

Dr Andy Thornley, chairman of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, said: ‘Whilst we are pleased to see the government finally respond to concerns about the implementation of the directive and the impact it will have on junior doctors’ training, this announcement comes just 10 weeks before the 48-hour week becomes UK law.

‘Junior doctors currently deliver a large proportion of service in hospitals but they also need time to train to become the consultants and GPs of tomorrow.’

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