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Wales becomes the first UK country to work towards a fatigue and facilities charter

BMA Cymru Wales, the Welsh Government and the Welsh NHS Confederation are working together to tackle the growing issue of sleep deprivation and fatigue amongst doctors. 

A series of recommendations on how to address sleep deprivation and fatigue amongst doctors and clinical staff will be written into a charter, and sent to all health boards and trusts in Wales. 

The charter will recognise the need for a universal standard in doctors’ facilities, will have a priority focus on rota design, and will offer guidance to employers on how best to implement better practices for staff to address the underlying causes of sleep deprivation and fatigue.

Commenting on the agreement to create a charter, Dr Josie Cheetham, Chair of BMA’s Welsh junior doctors committee said:

“Fatigue is a serious issue that can have a devastating impact on the well-being of doctors, the effectiveness with which they can train and develop, and consequently to the care a patient receives. 

“It is important to work towards minimising the risks associated with fatigue to enable staff to continue to provide safe and effective care for patients. 

“The charter is an undeniably necessary step in addressing the need to promote the core requirements that minimise fatigue, to promote well-being and effective training conditions. The changes will have a positive impact not only for those working in the Welsh NHS but also for patients, who remain at the forefront of all what we work towards together in the NHS.”

Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:

“The Welsh NHS Confederation and NHS Wales Employers are pleased to support the development of a Fatigue and Facilities Charter for Wales and we look forward to working with BMA Cymru Wales to agree how best to take this forward over the coming months.”  

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething said:  

“We value all our NHS workforce and are committed to supporting their health and wellbeing at work.  We are pleased to support the development of a Charter in partnership with the BMA and NHS employers and to work towards its practical implementation to make a real difference to our medical workforce in Wales.”


For further information please contact:

BMA Cymru Wales, Fifth floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 2047 4626
Mobile: 07500 765994
Email: Carla Murphy ([email protected])