In 2006-07 the Department allocated funding to the Junior Doctors Implementation Support Group (ISG). ISG assigned £5.5 million of this budget to assist Boards and HPSS Trusts in achieving European Working Time Directive (EWTD) compliance. This included provision for the recruitment of additional doctors.
The revised recruitment arrangements agreed in April are aimed at ensuring foil recruitment to all junior doctors’ posts for August 2007 thus ensuring the maintenance of codes of compliance with the European Working Time Directive (EWTD).
An assessment on the impact of the career structure for junior doctors and its impact on outpatient and elective surgery waiting lists has not been made.
Trust chief executive, medical and clinical directors and HR directors were notified of the timeline for recruiting doctors to speciality training, in order to ensure that arrangements could be made for the release of panel members and candidates to attend interviews.