Posts Tagged ‘EWTD’

2010 for Junior Doctors in Wales

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

My colleague and Chair of the Welsh Junior Doctors Committee Dr Dai Samuel (pictured) looks at the year ahead for junior doctors in Wales. “2010 brings new and ongoing challenges for the Welsh Junior Doctors Committee. With the introduction of the EWTD back in August 2009, as a committee we are constantly reviewing the impact [...]

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2010 for Consultants in Wales

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

My Colleague and Chair of the Welsh Consultants Committee Dr Stefan Coghlan (pictured), has considered what 2010 will look like for Consultants in Wales. “I expect this to be a difficult year for Consultants in Wales as we see the financial belt tightening further. “With 7 to 10 % Cost Improvement programmes up and running [...]

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EWTD highlights the growing need for BMA Cymru Wales’ Option 7 Campaign

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

This Sunday Times article just goes to show how important and timely BMA Cymru Wales’ Option 7 Campaign is. Although this article refers to Scotland, the situation is more than likely being replicated in other parts of the UK. The Option 7 Campaign (named after the option on the BMA hotline) was originally set up [...]

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Action needed now to stop NHS Wales becoming unsafe for staff and patients

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Unless urgent action is taken to plug the gap in the shortage of middle grade doctors, the NHS in Wales could become unsafe both for staff and patients. The problem‘s been highlighted this week within Hywel Dda NHS Trust, where 62 posts remain vacant. But this situation is by no means isolated to Hywel Dda, [...]

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ARM – focus on student finance/debt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

And so to yesterday afternoon’s session of the ARM. We heard the reports from chairs of the following branch of practice committees: general practice; private practice; staff and associate specialists; medical students and junior doctors. A number of issues within those professions were debated. Conference was treated to a notably lively and impassioned debate on [...]

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EWTD deadline looms closer but NHS Wales seems no closer to being ready for it

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

No surprises in this story from the Western Mail, yet another looking at the WAG’s (un)readiness for the implementation of the European Working Time Directive this Summer. For a quick recap on EWTD, the position is that come August, junior doctors should not be working more than 48 hours a week. The surprise here actually [...]

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Junior doctor worries are a worry for us all

Friday, June 5th, 2009

I think we are all aware that there a significant number of junior doctor vacancies in Wales. BMA Cymru Wales has been working with the Deanery in Wales to try and improve this situation and attract junior doctors to come and live and work here. The effect of vacancies will be exacerbated in August with [...]

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Concern over readiness for EWTD in the Welsh NHS deepens

Friday, May 8th, 2009

My concern about the effects from the implementation of the EWTD (European Working Time Directive) weren’t just confirmed at BMA Cymru Wales’ recent Policy day on the matter – they grew a whole lot deeper. The Directive puts a limit on the working week of 48 hours for all employed doctors, including junior doctors, and [...]

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