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A detailed explanation is provided in Time is Running Out sent to all trainees who are BMA members last Autumn.1 The banded contract applies to doctors in training posts. Trusts can, at their discretion, apply it to non-training posts--for example, trust grades and clinical fellow posts; these posts should not be for more than 48 hours a week due to the European Working Time Directive.
Hours of work is the actual number of hours of work--for banding, time asleep does not count. The bands are subdivided to reflect the intensity of the job.
Simon Eccles, Chair BMA's junior doctor's committee
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