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Illegal working hours: The 24NoMore campaign by doctors outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin in 2013. Photo by Frank McGrath

Illegal working hours: The 24NoMore campaign by doctors outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin in 2013. Photo by Frank McGrath

Illegal working hours: The 24NoMore campaign by doctors outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin in 2013. Photo by Frank McGrath

Gruelling marathon shifts have long been regarded by some as an integral part of the journey towards becoming a qualified hospital doctor.

In 1999, Irish doctors publicly warned that while they worked an "official week" of 65 hours, in reality this was often 100 hours, and could include non-stop shifts of up to 72 hours.


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