JUNIOR DOCTORS WORKED 124,779 overtime hours in just five months last year at Cork University Hospital according to new figures that have been released.
The information released under the Freedom of Information Act to James Fogarty in the Medical Independent show that the hours worked by 304 junior doctors at the hospital ran up a cost of €4,392,143.
Correspondence about an agreement between the hospital and the Irish Medical Organisation showed that junior doctors will be expected to work their contracted hours and to partake in rostered on-call. Another letter indicated that the hospital was not in a position to pay for additional hours beyond doctors’ basic pay and rostered on-call hours.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that junior medical workers were being asked to work 36 hours in succession despite an EU directive that dictated no employee should work more than 48 hours per week.