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More progress necessary on EWTD compliance — HSE report

The report stated that this figure represented a 10 per cent increase on 2014.

Some 96 per cent of NCHDs did not work more than 24 hours on-site on-call, which is a 2 per cent increase compared with 2014.

Also, 96 per cent received 11-hour daily rest breaks or equivalent compensatory rest, which is unchanged since the previous year.

There was 99 per cent compliance with the 30-minute breaks and 99 per cent compliance with the weekly/fortnightly rest or equivalent compensatory rest, stated the report.

According to the HSE, it has employed a number of means to improve compliance. These include targeting sites where performance was well below the national average; application of fines in respect of non-compliance with 24-hour targets; site visits and robust interrogation of performance data and rosters; and shared learning from those sites that had effected sustained improvements, particularly where they may have suffered from structural challenges.

“While there have been significant improvements in EWTD compliance, full compliance remains an ongoing challenge for the health service,” stated the HSE’s Annual Report.

The target set in the National Service Plan 2016 is that 95 per cent of NCHDs will work a 48-hour week.

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