Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in implementing appropriate rest facilities for anaesthetic staff who work at night, and how the effectiveness of this implementation is being measured.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 January 2019
This is a matter for Health Boards to manage and monitor at a local level. As employers NHSScotland Boards are required, under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, the 1992 Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and the 1998 Working Time Regulations, to provide access to appropriate rest room facilities where staff, including anaesthetic staff, can take their natural breaks when working overnight. All staff working shifts overnight are not entitled to sleeping facilities. However, if they are on-call and required for clinical reasons to stay in the hospital, appropriate sleeping facilities are provided.