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NCEPOD asks… "How will the reduction in doctors' working hours affect patient safety?"

08 December 2009

John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, spoke in a debate about the European Working Time Regulations on 2 December 2009. The event was hosted by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) and the Royal Society of Medicine and proved to be a lively evening.

Mr Black was joined by Dr David Greaves, Miss Wendy Reid and Mr Bertie Leigh, who each gave short speeches before the floor was opened up for questions. You can view all four speeches and the debate which followed below:

Video timings:

Introduced by Professor Graham Layer

02:23 Mr John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
It’s not hours worked, it’s teamwork that keeps people safe

15:50 Dr David Greaves, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Newcastle
What do reduced hours of work mean for training?

30:43 Miss Wendy Reid, Postgraduate Dean, London Deanery and Clinical Advisor to Department of Health on WTD
Tired doctors aren’t safe and can’t learn

44:03 Mr Bertie Leigh, NCEPOD Chairman and Partner at Hempsons
What is to be done?

56:56 The debate – audience and panel
Chaired by Professor Tom Treasure