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[Correspondence] Unpaid doctors in Japanese university hospitals

19:34 EST 26 Feb 2019 | The Lancet

The Abe Administration has promoted a so-called workstyle reform as part of its agenda. Consequently, legislation that sets an upper limit for overtime at 80 h per month has been introduced. Health care is no exception. A committee organised by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) is discussing the new legislation for doctors, which will be implemented in 2024. According to a survey by the MHLW, doctors outwork any other profession.1 40% of doctors exceed the criterion for workers in other sectors.

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