AMA refuses a return to the good ol’ days

As the association launched an audit of safe hours last week, a hospital intensive care physician questioned the value of putting a 38-hour cap on the hours a training doctor should work.

“That trainees could conceivably work all their hours over four days and never have to work on a weekend clearly does not realistically reflect the life of a fully trained doctor,” Dandenong Hospital’s Dr David Ku wrote in a letter, published in this week’s MJA.

“Australia has maintained a high standard of medical care because