Quality & Patient Safety

UK: Cuts to trainee surgeons’ hours may threaten patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, February 3, 2009

The United Kingdom’s Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) have claimed that patients’ quality of care is being put at risk after the August 2008 European Working Time (EWT) Directive became mandatory, limiting a junior surgeon’s work hours, according to the Telegraph. The new rule states that junior doctors are no longer allowed to work more than 48 hours per week.

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