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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02935: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the monitoring reports that it receives from NHS boards regarding junior doctor working hours.

Answered by: Shona Robison 30 September 2016

Under the New Deal Contract, Junior Doctors are monitored on a bi-annual basis to ensure that their hours of work comply fully with the New Deal Contract limits. This monitoring shows that 99%+ rotas are compliant with the New Deal contract.

High level data from this monitoring is reported into a group consisting of the Scottish Government, the British Medical Association and NHS boards, and is made available to anyone who requests it.

Individual monitoring reports however contain information relating to individual doctors, and as such we would not wish to release these due to data protection issues as individuals can often be clearly identified.