European Working Time Directive: implications for surgical training.
AffiliationMidlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co Offaly
Local subject classificationEUROPEAN UNION LEGISLATION
Internship and Residency
Personnel Staffing and Scheduling
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CitationEuropean Working Time Directive: implications for surgical training. 2010, 103 (2):57-9 Ir Med J
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractThe forthcoming implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) for non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) poses a number of challenges in the areas of patient care, training, service provision and quality of life for workers. Surgery, as a craft-based speciality, will face a greater impact on training of future surgeons as operating time could be lost to service provision. The EWTD acts a stimulus for reform of current working practices and re-configuration of services. It will necessitate transformation of the way in which surgeons are trained, if current standards are to be maintained.
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