Have your say on changing the Working Time Directive

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03 / 12 / 2014 11.38am

The European Commission is seeking views on how the Working Time Directive (WTD) should be changed and the NHS Confederation’s European Office is actively encouraging health service organisations and staff to respond to the consultation.

The current law is inflexible and out of date and the European Office will work with NHS employers and relevant organisations to make a powerful case for change. The NHS wants to see rules that will allow them to provide modern around the clock services to patients, whilst protecting healthcare staff from fatigue.

WTD limits workers to a maximum 48-hour week, averaged over a six month period. It lays down minimum requirements in relation to working hours, rest periods and annual leave.

You can find the online questionnaire and background information on the Commission's website. Please also copy your response to european.office@nhsconfed.org

Responses to the consultation will contribute to their current review and assessment of the impact of the WTD on workers, employers and services across Europe. The Commission will use the results to shape their proposal for new legislation, which we expect them to issue in 2015.

Find out more about the WTD and other work that the European Office are involved in.

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