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August 4, 2010

NHS Waiting Times Rise Following Cut to Doctors’ Hours

NHS waiting times have risen following the implementation of EU rules that limit junior doctors to a 48-hour week, according to research by the Royal College of Surgeons. The research suggests that the European Working Time Directive, implemented in August 2009, caused the number of N

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NHS waiting times have risen following the implementation of EU rules that limit junior doctors to a 48-hour week, according to research by the Royal College of Surgeons.

The research suggests that the European Working Time Directive, implemented in August 2009, caused the number of NHS patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for non-emergency surgery to double from 1.5% 18 months ago to 3% in March 2010.

Waiting times had reached an all-time low in 2008, but limiting junior doctors’ working hours has wiped out these gains, the Royal College said.

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