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Doctors: Working Hours

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account the agreement reached on the amendment of the Working Time Directive took of the European Court of Justice judgments in the SiMAP and Jaeger cases; what provision the agreement makes for the treatment of on-call time; what amendments to the Directive are foreseen as a result; and if he will make a statement. (213336)

The European Council agreed that the inactive part of on-call time should not count as work and for compensatory rest (for missed rest) to be taken within a reasonable period. The text now moves to the European Parliament for their consideration as part of the codecision process.

The Government, like the majority of member states supported this text and we have always considered that the SiMAP and Jaeger judgments took the principle of what should be included as working time too far.