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Clinical Experience versus working hours-what is the right balance?

European Working Time Rules ‘Make It Impossible To Train Doctors Properly'
"The European working time directive, which limits the hours employees are allowed to work, means junior hospital doctors cannot receive the training they need to become a consultant gastroenterologist, according to results of a survey presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology. A survey of Specialist Registrars (SpRs) in gastroenterology found that limits to working hours meant that they missed out on a quarter of the clinics they were supposed to attend and a third of the ward rounds led by a consultant."
Well then what is the solution i have always believed working hours of a resident should be something which allow him to learn and work side by side. How do we strike a balance between gaining work experience and healthy working hours? Comments welcome...
Clinical Experience versus working hours-what is the right balance? Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Monday, March 27, 2006 Rating: 5

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