NHS: Working Hours

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals in England have rest facilities for staff working night shifts; and whether those facilities are available (a) before, (b) during and (c) after those shifts.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Data on the number of hospitals in England that have rest facilities is not collected centrally.

For medical and non-medical staff, the provision of rest facilities is a local matter. However, it is vital that employers deliver on their responsibility to provide support and opportunities for staff to maintain their health, wellbeing and safety as required under health and safety.

We recognise the importance of improving the working environment of doctors and dentists in training. We have made £10 million available for trusts to be spent by their Guardians of Safe Working, in agreement with doctors locally, to improve working conditions.

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