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Overtime

Doctors Working too Much

Published torsdag 26 mars 2009 kl 13.38

Swedish doctors are working too much overtime according to a new report in daily Dagens Nyheter. Over 800 doctors and surgeons around Sweden have broken the law and worked more than the 200 hours overtime allowed. One 65-year old paediatrician had worked over 840 hours overtime, that’s equivalent to 5 whole months normal working time.

Some doctors are even working more than 24 hours in a row, also breaking the EU’s working directive, which states that all workers should have at least 11 hours rest between shifts.

Professor Torbjörn Åkerstedt at Stockholm University says both doctors and health care officials choose to ignore the issue, as the doctors get more pay and the officials solve their personnel problems, but Johan Carlsson, from the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare says the long working hours are putting patients at risk.

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