11 / 10 / 2013 Midnight
Dean Royles says the NHS needs health professionals whose wellbeing is supported and who can operate in challenging circumstances.
Commenting on the announcement of the Working Time Regulations Taskforce by the Department of Health today (11 October 2013), Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers and the NHS Confederation
“It's vital that this issue has a strong input from employers, who have to comply with these regulations. We will be emphasising the role of good workforce planning and sensible rules in making the working time directive manageable. NHS Employers and the NHS Confederation very much welcome the opportunity to contribute.
“The NHS and its patients need health professionals whose wellbeing is supported and who can operate in challenging circumstances. We want our staff alert so that patient safety is paramount, so the debate must focus on how to get the best care from appropriate working hours.
“NHS Employers is making progress in starting discussions over doctors’ contracts and this sets a positive context for discussing working time. There are opportunities to modernise how doctors work and to take steps towards an NHS that offers the full range of seven-day care that patients want.”
NHS Employers and the NHS Confederation will be on the taskforce.