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Top doctors working sideline jobs

Most chief physicians in Copenhagen have more than one job, but claim it doesn’t distract them from treating patients


"Sorry boss, I have to call you back. I'm in hospital." (Photo: Colourbox)

May 6, 2014
12:48

by AJ


A majority of the top doctors working in Region Hovedstaden have one or more jobs on the side, Berlingske reports.

Of the 2,400 chief doctors asked in a recent study, 59 percent also have a second job where they teach, work at another hospital or are members of a council. Some of them even have more than one side-job.

Distracting doctors
Laila Lindén, a group leader at Socialdemokraterne and member of Region Hovedstaden, said that doctors shouldn't get distracted from treating patients.

"It's an area we need to keep an eye on," she told Berlingske. "Doctors should obviously take care of their primary job and not turn up tired because they have been busy doing something else."

Sidelines make the engines run
But it may not be a problem that doctors have to take more jobs on the side, according to the national chief doctor association, Overlægeforeningen.

"The thing is that the healthcare system wouldn't work if the doctors weren't ready to work significantly more than a typical work week," said the head of the association, Anja Mitchel.



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