Responding to the GMC’s Training Environments report, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“Employers acknowledge that further culture change is needed in terms of safe working conditions, and new systems and processes introduced as part of the 2016 contract take time to bed down. The most extreme examples cited by Mr Massey and the GMC are thankfully rare but are, we accept, not right for the doctors, their colleagues or their patients.
“Since the implementation of the new junior doctor contract, over 6,000 rotas have been redesigned to make them compliant and safe.
“The embedding of Guardians of Safe Working in every trust, and exception reporting systems has brought to light many great examples of how trainees are working with supervisors and Guardians to identify and make changes to poor working practices.
“NHS Employers is heartened to hear boards are talking about safety and working conditions more than they ever have before. We are working to produce guidance on good practice rota design, among many other initiatives, and management which we hope will contribute to the improved work life balance for these doctors.”