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Doctors: Working Hours

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have discussed the Working Time Directive with (i) EU officials, (ii) Commission members, (iii) officials from member states and (iv) Ministers from member states in the last 12 months. (205824)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: Ministers and officials have been regular contact with a wide range of European Union and Commission officials on this dossier in the last 12 months.

The Government will continue to try to secure an acceptable agreement with member states and the European Commission on the European Working Time Directive.

I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1258W and on 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1544W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1258W, on Doctors: Working hours, if he will publish the dossier to which the answer refers. (205825)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: The independent research on the impact of the European Working Time Directive on medical training by Sheffield university will be published in summer 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on the NHS: Working Hours, which other member states are seeking changes to the European Working Time Directive. (205919)

[holding answer 15 May 2008]: There is consensus among member states regarding changes needed to the European Working Time Directive to address the SiMAP and Jaeger issues.