Annual Overtime Limit Set at 1,860 Hours for Some Doctors in Japan

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Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese health ministry panel of experts compiled on Thursday a report proposing setting an annual overtime limit at 1,860 hours for some salaried doctors in the nation, starting in fiscal 2024.

The ministry will work on compiling bills to amend related legislation.

The new rules mean that such doctors would be able to work 155 hours overtime a month, nearly double the average overtime of 80 hours over two to six months or 100 hours a month, the state-set thresholds for recognizing deaths from overwork.

The panel thus called for basically limiting consecutive work hours for such doctors at 28 hours and securing intervals of nine hours between the end of work and the next time they are back to work. The interval should be set at 18 hours after night duty, according to the report.

The country's first effective compulsory caps on overtime hours with penalty at major companies will be introduced at the start of April as part of work-style reform measures included in legislation enacted last year.

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