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Healthcare organisations call for protection of working time regulations after Brexit

21st December 2017

Professional bodies representing the healthcare sector are urging the government to resist calls to roll back working time regulations after Brexit.

A group of 13 medical associations and royal colleges – including the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of GPs – have written to prime minister Theresa May to highlight the risks of changing current EU-mandated legislation on working hours.

Certain figures within the government support the removal of the Working Time Regulations from UK law following Britain's departure from the EU, but healthcare workers are adamant that legal protections for an average 48-hour working week, rest breaks and statutory paid leave must remain in place.

The BMA warned that a return to 90-hour weeks for doctors and nurses would have a negative impact on staff, patient safety and the NHS as a whole.

The letter said: "With health and care services under more pressure than ever before, and staff being called upon to work ever-longer hours, what is needed is proper resourcing and investment to increase our workforce, not the removal of safeguards."

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