The implementation of the Working Time Directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals: report of the Independent Working Time Regulations Taskforce to the Dept of Health – March 2014
“The taskforce was asked by the Secretary of State to review the impact and implementation of the European Working Time Directive, and two questions were uppermost in our mind.
1. What impact had the UK working time regulations (WTR) and court judgments associated with the WTD had on the training of doctors in the UK, and by extension on the delivery of high quality patient care?
2. If significant problems were identified, could solutions be recommended that would allow different specialties in medicine the flexibility to provide streamlined and appropriate treatment for patients, and in a manner which was practical for the NHS? ”
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