08 MAY 2012

MP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST EUROPEAN WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE IN THE NHS

Dr Dan outside Ipswich Hospital Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich has called for European Union-imposed working time restrictions to be lifted on doctors’ working hours to protect patient care, allow junior doctors enough time to train, and to save money in the NHS.

In a well-attended debate in Parliament, Dr Poulter, who is a trained NHS hospital doctor, spoke about the damaging impact of the directive on the continuity of patient care and the high costs to NHS hospital of employing locum doctors, who are needed to cover gaps in NHS shift rotas as a result of the shortfall in the number of hours contracted doctors can now work.

The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) is part of the EU health and safety legislation which lays down requirements in relation to working hours, arrangements for night workers, rest periods and annual leave. Since August 2009, all NHS doctors and nurses have been required not to work over 48 hours a week unless they opt-out of the these restrictions voluntarily.

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Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Finance (18 Jan 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money has been returned to consumers by (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy: Finance (18 Jan 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much money was paid by the Government to (a) electricity transmission, (b) electricity distribution and (c) gas distribution companies in each of the last four years.