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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Leaving the EU: Tourism and the Creative Industries — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (17 Apr 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. As a remain voter, I am sympathetic to her position, but does she agree that sometimes one of the main drivers of tourism is the exchange rate, and one thing we have seen is increased tourism as a result of decreased value of the pound against the euro and other currencies, perhaps as a direct consequence of that Brexit vote? I know she...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (22 Mar 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to work with the devolved administrations on future trade deals for UK agriculture.