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Doctors: Working Hours

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in (a) negotiating the retention of the European Working Time Directive individual opt-out and (b) addressing the other issues raised by the SiMAP/Jaeger judgments. (204539)

The European Working Time is a key dossier for the United Kingdom Government. The Government remain committed to the retention of the individual opt-out and a solution to the issues from the SiMAP/Jaeger judgments.

We are disappointed not to have reached an agreement in the European Union on this dossier but are hopeful that one can be found soon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the European Working Time Directive on (a) medical training and (b) training for surgeons; and what research his Department has considered as part of its policy formulation in this area. (204540)

The Government have commissioned Sheffield University to undertake independent research on the impact of the European Working Time Directive on medical training, including a joint project with the Royal College of Surgeons to identify practical solutions for surgical training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether negotiations are under way on an extension of the timetable for the implementation of the European Working Time Directive as it relates to NHS doctors beyond 2012. (204542)

No. National health service services are planning to implement the European Working Time Directive by August 2009.