Dr Paul Williams – NHS staff mustn’t be made to work longer hours due to Brexit

The British Medical Association (BMA) has published a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by multiple organisations representing health staff, in which they warn her not to remove the EU-derived Working Time Regulations after Brexit.

The Working Time Regulations introduced safeguards relating to the number of hours employees can work. These protections are particularly important in the health sector. 

Commenting, Dr Paul Williams MP, former GP and leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Today's letter shows just how worried medical staff are about any prospect of our EU-derived protections on working time being repealed or diluted post-Brexit.

“I worked as a junior doctor before the Working Time Regulations were in force, and I saw for myself just how damaging and dangerous it was for doctors and nurses to be working ridiculously long shifts without a break. Both staff and patients suffered as a result.

“Nobody voted in the referendum to make our vital NHS staff work even longer hours than they do already. If Brexit looks like it will erode our rights or cause serious damage to our NHS, people are entitled to keep an open mind about whether this is the best path for the country.”

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Notes to editors:

The full letter published by the BMA can be read here.