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Consumer groups use Supreme Court ruling to fuel duty hour debate

Residency Program Insider, January 18, 2011

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The Supreme Court ruled last week that residents are workers, not students. Now, consumer group Public Citizen is using this distinction to lobby for stricter duty hour limits for residents, according to The Hill blog.

"The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday that resident physicians are properly deemed workers—not students—for purposes of paying Social Security taxes further bolsters the case that residents should also have other protections afforded to workers," Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said in a statement. "This includes a good night's sleep."

Public Citizen is one of many groups petitioning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to regulate resident work hours.



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