HC Deb 11 February 2004 vol 417 c1546W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances junior doctors, changing hospitals as part of their normal rotation, can receive substantial pay cuts; and if he will list the London hospitals where this takes place. [R] [153427]

Mr. Hutton

Junior doctors do not receive pay cuts as part of their normal rotation (and therefore, as this does not take place in any London hospital, no data are available).

Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will visit Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital to discuss(a) the management and (b) salary payments of junior doctors on rotation there;[R] [153426]

(2) if he will investigate junior doctors' hours monitoring at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the department of neurosurgery. [R] [153416]

Mr. Hutton

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no plans to visit Great Ormond Street in the near future.

National health service trusts are responsible for ensuring that appropriate rotation and salary arrangements are in place for junior doctors in line with national guidance.

Under those arrangements, there is regular monitoring to ensure that rotas are satisfactory, that junior doctors' hours are within agreed limits and that safe services are provided.

Great Ormond Street has these arrangements in place, and policies and procedures under which any concerns can be raised and addressed.

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