Hospital doctors still working unsafe hours: AMA audit

The majority of hospital doctors are still working unsafe hours, with one doctor claiming they clocked a single shift lasting 76 hours, an AMA survey claims.

The Safe Hours audit was carried out in the week running from 31 October to 6 November last year.

Fifty three per cent of the 716 doctors who took part had a working pattern that put them at significant or high risk of fatigue. The worst affected specialities were surgery and intensive care.

And among the 10% of doctors classified as being at high risk of fatigue there were some extreme statistics.

The most hours worked in a week

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