Doctors: Working Hours

Health written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much PA Consulting is being paid to assist Sir John Temple with his review of medical training under European Working Time Regulations.

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

Professor Sir John Temple's review is looking into the impact of the European Working Time Directive on the quality of postgraduate training for doctors, dentists, pharmacists and healthcare scientists.

The review follows concerns raised by some professional groups, trainees and trainers and it was important to undertake an independent and objective assessment.

Sir John is the review's independent chair and is carrying out the work on behalf of Medical Education England. He is being supported by PA Consulting and their work on this complex project will include a wide range of evidence gathering activities with a large number of professional stakeholders. The contract is worth £297,000.

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