Junior docs in Scotland received’t be getting a most common 48 working week simply but. Nonetheless, the Scottish Authorities stated it’s nonetheless a long-term post-pandemic aim.

The choice follows an Impartial Skilled Working Group report that dominated out shortening working hours beneath the present constructions and NHS pressures.

Scotland’s Well being Secretary Humza Yousaf stated in an announcement: “I do know that implementation of this coverage is not going to be straightforward and can contain system huge concerns.

“Within the meantime, the Skilled Working Group report accommodates many suggestions that can enhance working situations for junior docs and we’re absolutely dedicated to their implementation. Many of those had been additionally highlighted by junior docs themselves, within the latest wellbeing report from the British Medical Affiliation (BMA).”

‘Good Beginning Level’

The report was commissioned earlier than the pandemic.

Earlier this week, a BMA Scotland survey discovered 75% of junior docs felt exhausted or drained at work after 4 consecutive lengthy shifts.

Junior Docs’ Committee Chair, Dr Lailah Peel, welcomed the report, saying lots of the suggestions matched their very own, comparable to proscribing consecutive lengthy shifts, improved relaxation amenities, and locations to relaxation earlier than driving house after nightshifts.  

“Junior docs had been struggling earlier than the pandemic,” she stated. “And the final 19 months have solely amplified our issues. Our wellbeing is of the utmost significance proper now and small steps to enhance this may make an enormous distinction to workers morale, to not point out the recruitment and retention of docs inside NHS Scotland. It is a good start line, and we look ahead to working with the Scottish Authorities and employers to take these suggestions ahead as a excessive precedence.”