Junior doctors pressured to lie about working hours
- By: Elspeth Isbister
Preregistration house officers (PRHOs) are pressured to lie about their hours of work during periods of monitoring by management. This is one of the issues being taken up by the BMA Junior Doctors Committee in its “fair treatment” campaign for junior doctors, which was launched this month.
Dr Trevor Pickersgill, chairman of the committee, said, “Junior doctors are still working too many hours despite tougher measures to regulate their hours of work. No junior doctor should have to tolerate coercion or unfair treatment in the workplace. Junior doctors do not find it easy to seek help. They risk putting their careers on the line if they are seen to rock the boat.”
Under the “new deal,” there are statutory limits to the maximum number of hours a PRHO may work. If a hospital trust fails this requirement, then the PRHO posts found to be non-compliant are removed from the PRHO