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A state appeals court has upheld New York regulations that limit the hours doctors in training can work in hospitals.

Under the regulations, which were challenged by an organization of New York hospitals, medical residents can work no more than an average of 80 hours per week and no more than 24 hours at a time.

In emergency rooms, residents can work only 12 hours at a time and must have eight hours off between shifts.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court Thursday upheld the regulations, which took effect in July 1989.

Faith Schottenfeld, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department, said the state had provided for nearly $300 million more in reimbursement to hospitals to pay for the new regulations.

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