Junior Doctors

Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) if he will visit Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital to discuss (a) the management and (b) salary payments of junior doctors on rotation there;[R]

(2) if he will investigate junior doctors' hours monitoring at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the department of neurosurgery. [R]

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to visit Great Ormond Street in the near future.

National health service trusts are responsible for ensuring that appropriate rotation and salary arrangements are in place for junior doctors in line with national guidance.

Under those arrangements, there is regular monitoring to ensure that rotas are satisfactory, that junior doctors' hours are within agreed limits and that safe services are provided.

Great Ormond Street has these arrangements in place, and policies and procedures under which any concerns can be raised and addressed.

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