EU court ruling could hit on-call staffing in NHS

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. An EU ruling on working time could deepen the NHS staffing crisis bycracking down on the number of hours junior doctors are allowed to work. In a European test case, a German doctor successfully argued that any timehe was on call should be counted as his working hours, not just the time hespent treating patients. From August 2004, junior doctors will not be allowed to work more than 58hours a week and the EU ruling could mean this will include on-call hours. The Government had hoped to alleviate the problem by providing beds foron-call junior doctors and then count this as time off. The case will not immediately affect the UK because of the working timeopt-out, but rules on maximum hours for junior doctors will be phased in fromnext year. EU court ruling could hit on-call staffing in NHSOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

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