10 / 7 / 2015 3.06pm
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a ruling which has important implications for the application of the Working Time Directive (WTD) in England.
The ECJ has ruled that the time spent training by non-consultant hospital doctors should not be considered as working time, a decision that overturns a previous ruling made by the Advocate General.
The ruling was made in a case brought by the European Commission against Ireland, in which the Commission alleged that Ireland has failed to comply with the WTD. The ECJ dismissed the case on 9 July on the grounds of lack of evidence.