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Doctors’ leaders warn against removal of Working Time Regulations from NHS

Medical leaders have written to the Prime Minister warning her against removing the Working Time Regulations (WTR).

It follows rumours circulating around Westminster this week that the government is keen to remove the WTR – seeing it as an easy win to raise productivity in the NHS.

Thirteen royal colleges and trade unions have signed a letter urging caution against removing them from law following Brexit.

In a letter to Theresa May, the signatories, stress that the Working Time Regulations protect medical staff from the dangers of overwork whilst protecting patients from overtired doctors and nurses.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, one of the signatories, warned: “The Working Time Regulations are not only vital for the wellbeing of staff but also because, as medical professionals, the safety of our patients is our number one priority. We can all agree that no one wants a return to the days where doctors and nurses were working 90 hour weeks – it would be bad for patient safety, bad for staff and bad for the NHS.

“With unprecedented staff shortages and pressure currently facing the health service, it is crucial that doctors’, nurses and midwives’ concerns over unsafe working conditions are heard.”

The letter claims the NHS needs “proper resourcing and investement” not the removal of safeguards.

It concludes that: “Brexit must not be used as an excuse to overwork any staff group.”

Read the full letter.

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