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AHA comes out against OSHA setting resident work hours

The American Hospital Association says the feds shouldn’t be in the business of regulating medical residents’ hours.

The organization sent a letter to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to ask the agency to deny a pending request to set and enforce rules for when and how residents could work. AHA says that the appropriate organization to enforce such rules it the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The pending request comes from several consumer and health advocacy groups who claim that the current long shifts put patients and residents at risk of medical errors and poor quality care. According to AHA, such claims don’t take into account other critical factors in residents’ training.

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