EU Working Hour Restrictions Ignored

Most of Sweden’s hospitals are breaking new laws on working hours, Swedish Radio News reports.

According to the Swedish Medical Council only four of Sweden’s 21 regions have signed agreements that allow healthcare staff an 11-hour break between shifts. The laws should have come into effect across the country in January this year.

Eva Nilsson Bågenholm, chairwoman of the Swedish Medical Council, says the regions that have failed to introduce the legislation are breaking the law.

Although Bågenholm welcomes the new law, she says authortites have had trouble drawing up contracts that include sufficient breaks for doctors when they are neeeded to be on call.

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