Graduates told longer shifts are better

First-year doctors in the US may soon be required to work 24-hour shifts or more after a 2011 rule that restricted their shifts to 16 hours was overturned.

From July, the new graduates may have to work shifts as long as 24 hours at a time, plus extra hours, to achieve a proper patient handover if necessary, according to the new rules drawn up by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The total weekly limit of weekly working hours will remain at 80.

The ACGME maintains the new rules will enhance patient safety and improve training