Junior Doctors: Conditions of Employment

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Wollaston Sarah Wollaston Chair, Health and Social Care Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment was undertaken before the implementation of the new contract of the work-life balance of junior doctors.

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

An extensive programme of work is being undertaken, developed with the full involvement of the British Medical Association, to address junior doctors’ non-contractual concerns, particularly through Health Education England’s Working Group on improving junior doctors’ working lives:

- reviewing rotations so that junior doctors do not have to change placements more than is necessary and can establish a relationship with a single organisation;

- ensuring that junior doctors beginning rotations know their schedule a month earlier than at present;

- allowing couples to apply to train in the same area;

- offering training placements close to their home for those with caring responsibilities;

- introducing a new catch up programme for doctors who take maternity leave or take time off for caring responsibilities;

- identifying and removing barriers to flexible (part-time) working; and

- reviewing how to make appraisal for junior doctors simpler and less stressful.

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