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Calling all medical students and junior doctors!!
The news of the 48 hour working week for junior doctors has got me thinking - am I really that happy that when I qualify I will officially only be able to work this many hours? I'm sure many of you are outraged - of course we shouldn't have to work more than that! But I guess I feel differently. On the one hand, my life outside medicine will be better but on the other, when I joined medical school it was with the knowledge that I would have to work incredibly long hours in my first few years. I am worried that I won't be half the doctor I would have been a few years ago purely due to a lack of time spent on the wards. It needed to change - the hours doctors worked in the past were too much - but have we gone too far?