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 Education: Pupils: Per Capita Costs (18 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per pupil has been allocated to schools in Suffolk in each year since 2009.

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Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing today’s debate. It must have struck all of us in the Chamber that any of the challenges she has outlined that refugees face in beginning to engage with life in the UK—whether it be opening a bank account, getting a national insurance number or accessing appropriate healthcare—would be difficult for a British citizen to do within a...