Public hospital doctors complained against 'inhuman working hours' in a meeting with senior labour officials yesterday and claimed their legal rights had been violated. The Public Doctors' Association says most doctors do not have their statutory holidays compensated and some have to work 100 hours a week. It has threatened to take the Hospital Authority to court if it fails to fix the problems. The association's fund-raising campaign has collected more than $100,000. The money will be used for legal advice and also to publicise a campaign against changes to staff ranks. Association members met Deputy Commissioner for Labour Alfred Chan Wing-kit and his staff yesterday. President Dr Lai Kang-yiu said the officials had confirmed public doctors were protected by the Labour Ordinance. 'They confirmed that it was our legal right to enjoy the statutory holidays and also a 24-hour rest day every week,' he said. 'Although the [Hospital Authority] has reminded hospitals about the rest day, many departments cannot comply with it.' Dr Lai said the department was concerned and had contacted some doctors for information. 'We have not lodged any formal complaints. We prefer to solve the problems through negotiation with the HA and it is not necessary to involve the Labour Department at this stage,' he said. Dr Lai quoted Mr Chan as saying the Labour Department had recently reminded the authority of its legal obligations. The association said 'adequate' support had been given by its members for any future industrial action. The association survey revealed that housemen had to work almost 100 hours a week, medical officers 70 hours a week and senior doctors and consultants 60 hours a week. The housemen had to work 33 hours non-stop every three days. A spokeswoman for the Labour Department said the Hospital Authority had assured the department that it would comply with the Labour Ordinance. Asked why no formal probe was conducted, she said it was because no formal complaints had been received.