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Task force for junior doctors' hours in Wales

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:12
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The Welsh assembly is to employ full time a junior doctor to investigate working conditions in the principality.

    The BMA has been asked to find a suitable candidate for the job, starting on 1 August, and the assembly will fund what will initially be a six month appointment.

    The assembly's health secretary, Jane Hutt, who met senior members of the BMA earlier this month, has also given assurances that Wales is working towards reducing working hours for juniors.

    The BMA's Welsh secretary, Bob Broughton, said that the junior doctor would be employed full time as part of a task force that will tour hospitals in Wales collecting information on hours worked by junior doctors, the intensity of workloads, and working conditions.

    “It will be something of a fact finding tour,” he said.

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