Doctors reduce their working hours

Doctors are working shorter hours than ever, which is good for their health, family life and job satisfaction but has implications for workforce planning.

An analysis of a large cohort of Australian doctors suggests the trend, predominantly driven by more female doctors, generation X attitudes to work-life balance and a tendency among older doctors to cut back.

The findings from the five-year study are consistent with a culture change in the medical profession, whereby long working hours are no longer seen as synonymous with professionalism.

However, the clear implication is that a larger number of