DZ has in the past been ready to hand out brickbats to those high ups in the profession and the NHS who say or do things that indicate a lack of understanding or competence. Various individuals have been described here as people with their head up their arse.
So it’s nice for once to highlight the opposite. Since the working time directive was applied to medical staff the quality of life for doctors has improved enormously in both the training and career positions, but there have also been a lot of dinosaurs in the profession clamouring for a return to the bad old days, particularly for trainees, claiming that training has suffered. It’s been obvious to many that, if training has suffered, and I’m not convinced that it has, then it is because the trainees are being expected to devote too much of their 48 hrs per week to providing the service, rather than training, and that the answer is to move more to a consultant delivered service. This would also lead to an improvement in the quality of service provision.
Well a government committee has just said exactly that, and in doing so reiterated the government’s commitment to retaining the WTD for doctors. Good for them. Perhaps now the throwbacks in our profession will stop harping on about the “good” old days of 80 to 100 hour working weeks.
So hats off to Patricia Hamilton, Christine Outram & Sir Christopher Edwards for doing absolutely the right thing.