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German union calls for 25,000 new hospital jobs:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The chairman of the services union (Ver.di), Frank Bsirske, has called for the creation of 25,000 jobs within the hospital sector. "The inhumane length of working hours for doctors and healthcare personnel must be stopped," he said. Mr Bsirske has called on hospital employers to work together with Ver.di to develop a new working timetable. According to figures released by the union, staff at German hospitals currently work an estimated 80 hours per week, which clearly exceeds the 48 hour limit laid down by the European court.

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