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Author of report into Scottish doctors’ working hours: I’m not sure why it has been redacted

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The professor who led a study into clinicians’ working hours following a junior doctor’s death says he is surprised the Scottish Government sent her father a heavily redacted version of the report.

Professor Philip Cachia was chair of a working group commissioned by the Scottish Government to examine how it could introduce a 48-hour working week for hospital doctors.

The group delivered its report a year ago, but since then the Scottish Government has shelved it, saying the fight against Covid is the priority.

However, last week we told how Brian Connelly, whose doctor daughter Lauren, 23, died when her car veered off the motorway after a series of exhausting shifts in 2011, repeatedly asked the Scottish Government for the report and was eventually given a heavily redacted version.

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Lauren Connelly

The 21-page report contained 37 redactions. Professor Cachia said he was surprised by the redactions – particularly since the report represented the consensus view of all of the key experts.

The Scottish Government said: “The ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic is the focus of our activity, and we have agreed with BMA Scotland that the final report will be released when it has been fully considered.”