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Urgent action needed on junior doctors hours

22nd April 2009

The British Medical Association has said urgent action, including the recruitment of more consultants, needs to be taken to ensure junior doctor training does not suffer when the European Working Time Directive reduces weekly hours from 56 to 48 on 1 August.

The BMA fears that the cut in hours will make it difficult for junior doctors to get the experience they need. It wants a long-term focused expansion in consultant numbers, the reintroduction of training lists, increased flexibility of training programmes, and trust funding to free up consultant trainers to supervise junior doctors.

 

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