Instructions on letter on working time directive
Doctors working as St. Luke's hospital have recieved a letter, where they are asked whether they would like to work more than 48 hours per week as from the 1st of August.
Doctors in training(house officers, SHOs, registrars) in actual fact cannot be forced to work more than 58 hours per week, while doctors who have completed their training - senior registrars (and some registrars) cannot be forced to work more than 48 hours per week.
However doctors can "opt out" and work more than the established limit.
For this reason doctors are being given the following instructions in response to the letter sent by the hospital management.
Doctors are being advised to send in their paper, however they should include a covering letter where they specify whether
1. they would like to work less than 48 hours
2. they would like to work more than 58 hours
3. they would like to work more than 48hours per week but less than 58 per week.
Doctors are advised to keep a copy of this letter for future record.
If Doctors change their mind at some stage they must give the employer 3 months notice.
Note - average working hours are calculated over a reference period of 3 months, and leave and sick leave are NOT included in the calculation.
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