EWTD


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EWTD

Abbreviation for:
European Working Time Directive, see there
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With regards to the training of doctors under MTI scheme, it is highly unlikely that these doctors would get any hands-on experience to do procedures like endoscopy, bronchoscopy, coronary angiograms etc, as the doctors already in training in UK find it difficult to get ample hands-on experience in EWTD setting.
mobile Dr Glenn Russell, Medical Director at Liverpool heart and Chest, said: "There is no doubt that the EWTD has increased the need for locum cover for junior doctors.
but it will also improve staff retention and achieve compliance with the EWTD.
The WSTs for the planes will be contractor-provided; programs for the helicopters are already underway, with General Electric building the MH-53J WST (supplemented by a modified EWTD from AAI) and CAE-Link providing the system for the MH-60G.
Dr Goddard, who led the study, said it showed the impact EWTD rotas were having on trainees, including limiting the time they can spend learning.
The EWTD was enacted into UK law in 1998 as a measure of protecting the health and safety of workers.
In a recent study by the British Medical Association (BMA) it was revealed that junior doctors now spend more time on paperwork than they do on training; a shocking state of affairs in many cases attributable to the EWTD.
But many remain unconvinced the EWTD has achieved these objectives and some even go so far as to argue that it has reduced training opportunities for doctors, worsened the quality of training available and even increased the risk to patients.
It's true that they are being economical with the truth, but it's because they think reduced hours, in line with the EWTD, is bad for patient care and it's also bad for their training.
Initial reviews of EWTD suggest junior doctors are missing out on training opportunities following the change in working hours.
The surge in concerns comes against the background of the EWTD, the introduction of the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) and the ongoing problems persuading junior doctors to continue their training in Wales.
Under the EWTD, junior doctors are allowed to work no more than 56 hours per week on average and from 2009 this will reduce to 48 hours.