Make working time rules less rigid


17 / 3 / 2015 3.06pm

The NHS European Office has told European decision makers how they think working time rules should change in future.

In their response to the European Commission’s consultation on possible changes to the Working Time Directive (WTD) they suggest the directive should focus on the fundamental principle of ensuring workers are safe and fit to work, rather than trying to prescribe detailed laws at European level to cover every eventuality.

In particular, delivery of round the clock services, continuity of care for patients and the training needs of doctors would benefit from more flexible rules about when doctors take periods of rest, and the details about working patterns and the timing of rest should be decided at national level.

Read a summary of the European Office’s response.

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