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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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....