Sunday, 10 May 2009

Doctor Go Home

Did you know that due to new EU legislation, Doctors are now to be restricted to working only 48 hours a week ?

Good, I hear you say. People shouldn't be forced to work excessive hours.

Will the NHS be able to cope with the restriction - after all, surely more doctors will be needed ?

Surprisingly, John Black, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, has said that the new rules were "an impending disaster" which will "devastate" medical training because no surgeon will be able to work a shift long enough to gain proper experience. 

The multiple handovers of staff needed to comply with the rules will mean that patients do not see the same doctor for more than a few hours, he said. And he warned there could be "dangerous" lapses in patient care, especially at night.

The new rules come into force in August. There is one loophole - individuals may, at their own discretion, choose to opt-out of the arrangement.

I wonder how many health workers will be pressurised to opt out ? 

1 comment:

  1. Hi

    Bernie is resting at the moment I have 30 stories and am trying to get Canal and Rivers to publish again, might try to get the 30 published as a book. I have been concentrating on detective novels but it is very hard to get published.

    Thank you for your interest.



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