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Report finds overworking of doctors having negative health impact - Louise O'Reilly TD

3 July, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson, Louise O'Reilly TD has called on the HSE and the Minister for Health to protect the health of doctors in the health service, as a report from the Medical Council has found that overwork is having a damaging impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The health of any worker must be paramount to their employer, however, a report from the Medical Council has found that overworking is having a damaging impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of doctors.

“The report found that the trainee doctors are working up to 60 hours a week despite the European Working Time directive saying the limit should be 48 hours.

“The implications of this were that trainee doctors working these longer hours were more likely to have been involved in an 'adverse event'.

“Such a situation is not fair on the doctors and it also not fair on patients.

“There is legislation in place to protect workers against excessive hours and it is worrying if that is not being adhered to in hospitals.

“The HSE and the Minister for Health need to consider this report and make the necessary changes to protect the wellbeing of doctors in the health service.

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