“Don’t tell them that you’re working when you are”: safe hours and underreporting

Rosalind J McDougall
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11116
Published online: 21 January 2013

To the Editor: The aim of the Australian Medical Association’s recent hours audit1 is presumably to encourage hospital administrators to ensure that doctors work safe hours. An unintended consequence is likely to be continued pressure on doctors to underreport their working hours. Too often, it seems that somewhere between the policy and the practice, the focus changes from working hours that comply with safety guidelines to working hours that appear to comply.

  • Rosalind J McDougall

  • Centre for Health and Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


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