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College Response To News that Junior Doctors Have Worked Beyond Their Contracted Terms and Conditions More Than 63,000 Times

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14 Jan 2019

Responding to today’s news that junior doctors have worked beyond their contracted terms and conditions more than 63,000 times since 2015, David Riding, Chair of the Trainee’s Committee at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:

"Today’s HSJ report finds that 36,000 trainee doctors have filed exception reports since August 2016, meaning a substantial part of the medical workforce are working beyond their contracted hours and /or without breaks. 

"This is extremely worrying as it not only shows the extent to which the health service is fundamentally dependent on trainees to provide vital services, but also the extent to which training is increasingly seen as disposable.

"Moreover, the report again highlights the disregard in which many trainees are held. We already know that trainees are encouraged not to report additional working hours, but this also shows how a substantial number are being leant on not to exception report contract breaches, with others told to log overtime as bank shifts.

"RCSEd takes these issues seriously. Our #letsremoveit campaign has highlighted the direct impact that poor working cultures have on patient care and the extent to which individuals can feel victimised and intimidated by colleagues. Further we are working with NHS bodies to persuade them to implement the recommendations of our plan for a safer working environment.

"However as we want to learn more of your experiences, we encourage UK trainees to contacting me via birmingham@rcsed.ac.uk should they wish to confidently raise their experiences of this issue."


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

For communications and media enquiries contact the Communications Department on (0)131 527 1594 or comms@rcsed.ac.uk

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