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Junior Doctors

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new proposals he has to reduce the hours worked by junior doctors.


To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to limit and to progressively reduce the hours of junior hospital doctors (a) in National Health Service hospitals and (b) in trust hospitals.

I recently met with representatives of all the key parties including the profession to discuss this matter.The talks were both productive and encouraging. A working group has been established to explore the main issues. It has been asked to make an initial report by the early summer.Self-governing hospitals will be expected to comply with Government policy relating to the number of hours for which junior doctors may be employed.