'Trusts must focus on meeting compliance deadline' says Auditor General
|Report - click here to download the report - Compliance with the European Working Time Directive for junior doctors across NHS Wales|
The report says that almost all junior doctors have been working an average of 56 hours a week or less since the end of 2006 (this 56 hour limit came into force from 1 August 2007). And, as at July 2008, all junior doctors in Velindre NHS Trust, Powys Local Health Board and the former Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust (now part of Hywel Dda NHS Trust) were already working less than 48 hours a week. But many trusts were far from this position and lacked a clear overall plan to comply with the 48 hour limit by August 2009. Across the NHS in Wales as a whole more than half of all junior doctors were still working more than 48 hours a week.