§ 63. Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of hours worked by junior hospital doctors.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
I shall be meeting the profession for talks shortly to discuss what further action might now be appropriate to reduce the number of junior doctors on onerous rota commitments and how best to take this issue forward. Reports have now been received from all regional health authorities on the results of our June 1988 initiative. They show encouraging progress, but more needs to be done to achieve further reductions.