EWTD


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EWTD

Abbreviation for:
European Working Time Directive, see there
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John Black, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: "We have overwhelming evidence from the frontline that safe and effective hospital cover, especially at night, cannot be sustained under EWTD.
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.
With the EWTD coming it is important to ensure that doctors in training have sufficient time not just to do the service components of the job but that they also have appropriate time for training.
A report by Professor Derek Gallen, postgraduate Dean of Cardiff University, which has been submitted to the National Assembly's health committee inquiry into workforce planning, said, "The EWTD will have an effect on the numbers of doctors required for service delivery in the future, particularly as we hit 2009 and the hours come down to a 48-hour week.
The EWTD aims to improve the health and safety of workers by limiting the number of hours they work each week.
And Dr Tony Jewell, Wales' chief medical officer added, 'The EWTD is a major challenge for the health service and will require new ways of working to be adopted.
The current uncertainty surrounding the future of Swansea's Singleton Hospital Casualty unit - there are problems recruiting medical staff on top of the implications of the EWTD - is a case in point.
But Wales would need a considerable boost in staff numbers and funding to maintain services and manage the introduction of EWTD.
It is feared that the much-needed implementation of the EWTD will have a severe effect on the provision of hospital services and could even force smaller hospitals to close.