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Doctors: Working Hours

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of 25 June 2009 on the European Working Time Directive, what (a) the 200 rotas recommended for a derogation from the Directive for doctors in training and (b) the two rotas not recommended for such a derogation are; and what the reasons for the decision were in each case. (286600)

All rotas recommended for derogation are listed in the Statutory Instrument that was laid before Parliament. The services were recommended for derogation, as they were unlikely to be able to provide working arrangements for junior doctors of the complaint with the requirements of the directive in time to meet the deadline of 1 August and would require further support to become compliant.

The two rotas not recommended for derogation were outside of the scope of directive as they did not refer to junior doctors in training posts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of 25 June 2009 on the European Working Time Directive, which 62 trusts made applications for derogations from the Directive for doctors in training; what reasons were given in each application; and whether or not a derogation was granted in each case. (286601)

202 services applied for derogation. 200 were recommended for derogation as they were unlikely to be able to provide working arrangements for junior doctors of the complaint with the requirements of the directive in time to meet the deadline of 1 August and would require further support to become compliant. Two services were not recommended because they were outside of the scope of directive as they did not refer to junior doctors in training posts.

All services are listed within the Statutory Instrument, which was laid before Parliament and is in the public domain.