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Working Time Directive

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th November 2009.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury 2:30 pm, 24th November 2009

What recent assessment he has made of the effect on hospital trust budgets of the implementation of the European working time directive.

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Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

This is a matter for local organisations. They make budgetary decisions based on the needs and priorities of the local populations to deliver effective local services.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

Three consultants used to provide 24/7 consultant-led paediatrics at Horton general hospital, but it is estimated that it will take between nine and 13 to deliver the service in future. That has implications not only for the trust's budget, but for the future recruitment of consultants. What plans are the Government making in relation to recruitment as a consequence of the working time directive?

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Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

We are in constant discussion with Medical Education England, along with the strategic health authorities, which have strategic responsibility for the planning of their consultants. Money has been made available to assist them in that process.

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