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Probe into claims that junior doctors' training will be at risk

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The Department of Health is to act over concerns that the European Working Time Directive will have a detrimental effect on junior doctors’ training.

There are concerns in the profession that the introduction of a 48-hour working week could have a negative effect on the training that junior doctors will receive while at work.

Now the Post-Graduate Medical Education and Training Board, the independent training standards regulator, will identify which areas will need to change as a result.

The findings will be reported to the independent advisory board, Medical Education England, next month.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘Given the concerns raised by some professional groups it is important that there is an independent and objective assessment of whether the introduction of the European Working Time Directive fully into the NHS will necessitate changes to the current system of postgraduate medical training.’

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