Junior Doctors: Industrial Disputes

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th September 2016.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of five days' strike action by junior doctors each month until the end of 2016 on the training of junior doctors.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

Health Education England’s (HEE) primary concern is patient safety.

An initial census of HEE activity during the first strike period shows that significant numbers of education and training events involving senior clinicians may need to be re-arranged across England; Annual Reviews of Competence Progression, recruitment, teaching/ education events, Training Committees/Boards. This will affect trainees and senior clinicians as events will all need to be rearranged.

Recruitment may need to be re-arranged in the following specialties; Anaesthesia, Combined Infection Training, Clinical Genetics, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Medicine, General Practice, Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology, Gynaecological Oncology (Sub specialty). Due to time elapsed the national recruitment timetable may need to be amended, which would impact all specialties.

On an individual basis, General Medical Council guidance states that if a trainee misses more than two weeks (when a trainee would normally be at work), over and above annual leave, the satisfactory training progression of a trainee should be reviewed at their next Annual Review of Competence Progression. For trainees on the Foundation Programme, the trigger point is 20 days.

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