Leaders of the British Medical Association met Health Minister John Hutton today to discuss issues around the implementation of the European Working Time Directive, which comes into force for junior doctors*on 1 August.
The meeting discussed the proportion of trusts who will be unable to implement the EWTD for all their medical staff in training on 1 August.
The Minister and the BMA agreed that advice needed to be issued to junior doctors and to trusts on how to handle this situation.
As a matter of urgency, the BMA and the Government will look at the possibility of issuing joint guidance and a further meeting with the Minister is planned to take this forward as quickly as possible.
Press release date: Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004 (BMA London)