§ 22. Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new proposals he has to reduce the hours worked by junior doctors.
§ 28. Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he intends to take to limit and to progressively reduce the hours of junior hospital doctors(a) in National Health Service hospitals and (b) in trust hospitals.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
I recently met with representatives of all the key parties including the profession to discuss this matter.
The talks were both productive and encouraging. A working group has been established to explore the main issues. It has been asked to make an initial report by the early summer.
Self-governing hospitals will be expected to comply with Government policy relating to the number of hours for which junior doctors may be employed.