Some 1,108 recently qualified doctors in England answered our post questionnaire on their education and workload in December 1992 and January 1993. Of those on on-call rotas, 211 (19 per cent) were working more than 83 hours per week. Yet the NHS Management Executive set a target that no doctor would work these many hours after 1 April 1993. Unless dramatic progress has been made in the weeks since our fieldwork, the Government's target will not be achieved for nearly a fifth of these doctors.
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