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Doctors: Working Hours

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the position of other EU member states in the Council of Ministers on the reservations expressed by the UK on the operation of the European Working Time Directive; (207613)

(2) with reference to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on the NHS: working hours, what discussions he has had with other EU member states on the definitions of (a) on-call time, (b) workplace and (c) inactive part of on-call time; and if he will make a statement.

Together with many member states, we continue to seek changes to the European working time directive (EWTD) to address the difficulties from the SiMAP and Jaeger judgments.

There is consensus among member states regarding changes needed to the EWTD to address the SiMAP and Jaeger issues.