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Training opportunities vital for junior doctors

November 10, 2011 5:50 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has urged the Scottish Government to do all it can to maximise training opportunities for junior doctors.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPMrs McInnes made the calls during First Minister's Questions.

The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) means that junior doctors should not be working more than 48 hours a week.

With junior doctors already stretched to max, and a recent survey showing that many are under pressure to under-report their hours, Mrs McInnes challenged the First Minister to explain the measures it is putting in place to ensure that junior doctors are protected and still manage to get vital training.

Commenting Mrs McInnes said:

"Junior doctors are the future of Scotland's NHS, but I am really concerned that as pressure mounts on NHS management to comply with the EWTD, junior doctors are missing out on valuable training opportunities.

"The Scottish Government has an important role to play in ensuring that measures are in place but the First Minister absolutely failed to answer my question on how the Scottish Government plan to tackle this issue.

"Dodging calls on this serious issue will do nothing to quell the fears of the junior doctors, the BMA and the Royal College of Physicians, on how this will be addressed."