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Patient care will suffer

7th April 2008

Professor Roy Pounder, of the Royal College of Physicians, has said patients' treatment will be adversely affected when junior doctors' hours are limited to comply with the European Working Time Directive.

In August 2009, a junior doctor's working week will be limited to 48 hours a week. The limit is currently 56 hours per week. Professor Pounder, who wrote in the RCP journal, said: "It is unlikely [patients] want to trade continuity of care for slightly fresher doctors."

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