§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the recommended working hours per week of junior doctors. 175W
§ Mr. Milburn
The working hours of junior doctors are limited by the New Deal on junior doctors' hours, introduced in June 1991. Overall contracted hours of duty should not exceed 72 hours a week on-call, and for partial shifts and full shift working the maxima are 64 hours and 56 hours a week respectively. Regardless of working pattern, no doctor should actually be working more than 56 hours a week on average within those contracted duty hours.