03 / 4 / 2014 Midnight
Today’s report on the impact the European Working Time Directive on NHS doctors highlights the compelling need for changes to their contracts to support better, safer patient care, says the NHS Employers organisation.
‘The implementation of the Working Time Directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals’ was issued today by the Royal College of Surgeons on behalf of Working Time Directive Taskforce members including NHS Employers.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“We were pleased to be able to provide an important employers’ perspective in the report. Employers want competent staff who are well trained and supervised. We don't want them working ridiculous hours that can reduce their ability to give safe high quality care. Patient safety and the health and wellbeing of staff were central to our evidence.
“We need a positive response to further compelling arguments for replacing the outdated ‘new deal’ contract. We believe a fresh contract for junior doctors will help deliver better training, better care and a better relationship with employers for this valuable group of staff.
“The report also certainly provides further compelling weight to the need for consultants to change the way they work. Agreement on changes to national terms and conditions are needed to create more support for junior doctors at all hours, to provide better patient care at the weekends and greater safety during handovers between shifts.”