THE results of the recent RCVS Manpower Survey showed that, on average, veterinary surgeons work 48 hours a week and spend 34 hours on call. Sole practitioners work a 55-hour week and spend 55 hours on call. Thirty per cent of veterinary surgeons in general practice in the UK work more than 50 hours a week. This rises to 48 per cent for sole practitioners. With these figures in mind, the range of rights and obligations introduced by the Working Time Regulations, which came into force on October 1, 1998, will clearly have an impact on most, if not all, veterinary practices. This article considers the various requirements imposed by the Regulations.
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