Working hours opt-out for medics2nd February 2009
The government has said that doctors will be able to choose if they want to opt-out of the 48-hour working week.
MPs have decided to wait for two years to join the European Working Time Directive, which requires doctors to work a 48-hour week. Around two-thirds of doctors in the UK already satisfy EWTD hours, but the remainder will be able to work a 52-hour week if they wish.
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