Call for urgent action on junior doctor hours

Urgent action including the recruitment of more consultants needs to be taken to ensure junior doctor training does not suffer when an hour's limit is introduced in 100 days, according to the BMA.

The European Working Time Directive, which reduces weekly hours from 56 to 48, will be introduced on 1 August.

The BMA argues that the cut in hours will make it difficult for junior doctors to get the experience that they need.

It suggests:

  • a long-term focused expansion in consultant numbers,
  • the reintroduction of training lists, which ensure that trainees assist with procedures which are suitable for their stage of training, for all junior doctors working in operative specialties,
  • increased flexibility of training programmes so that doctors can take more time to progress, and,
  • trust funding to free up consultant trainers to supervise junior doctors

  • Do we need more consultants?

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