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BMA report shows pressure on young doctors to work long hours

26th July 2013

The British Medical Association (BMA) has issued a report showing that many UK junior doctors are working hours that put their own health and their patients' safety at risk.

Feedback from more than 1,600 junior doctors and final years medical students has revealed that some junior doctors are working up to 100 hours a week to meet demand, despite the European Working Time Directive bringing in an average 48-hour working week.

This is due in large part to a shortage of staff, which means many young professionals are having to work additional unpaid hours even when they are too tired to perform to the best of their abilities.

Naturally, this is also having an impact on doctors' home lives, with unpredictable training rotations, lack of flexible leave and insufficient time to recuperate impacting morale.

Dr Ben Molyneux, chair of the BMA's junior doctors committee, said: "The feedback highlights that despite working time regulations, juniors are still working long shifts night after night as well as extra, unrecorded hours."

This comes after a cohort study by the BMA in May revealed that around half of trainee doctors believe there are staff shortages at work, while more than one-quarter feel their stress levels have increased in the last year.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801617294-ADNFCR

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