European Working Time Directive
The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) is health and safety legislation and comes into effect for doctors in training in August 2004 in a staged implementation.
This deadline is not negotiable. It is fixed in law. There will be no provision to opt-out of any part of the requirements.
Timetable of Implementation
The key aspects of the EWTD, as it will apply to doctors in training are:
Working hours per week
- By August 2004, a reduction to overall average weekly working hours of 58 hours
- An interim 56-hour week by August 2007
- A further reduction to 48 hours August 2009 (this could be extended to 2012)
Rest provisions from August 2004
- 11 hours' continuous rest in every 24 hour period
- Minimum 20 minute break when shift exceeds 6 hours
- Minimum 24 hour rest in every 7 days or Minimum 48 hour rest in every 14 days
- Minimum 4 weeks' annual leave
- Maximum 8 hours work in 24 for night workers (if applicable)
Where New Deal maximum limits are more favourable then these criteria will still apply.