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Junior doctors to stage full walk-out under BMA plans for industrial action


There are two issues for me. 1. pay 2. Conditions. Firstly conditions. The Gov. has stopped financial penalties for trusts if doctors work more than 52 hrs per week. Some junior doctors are working 70 hrs for 12 days on the trot. With no penalties on trusts all will be working 70 hrs as a routine. Some older doctors will say well we worked 100-120 hr per week. Well in the old days you did get some sleep , young doctors are chased around the hospital by senior nurses working across specialties. They literally don't have time to eat and drink and have taken to carrying water bottles around. Hunt says that he is reducing hrs from 90 hr per week to 70 , but only 400 or so juniors do 90 hrs 40,000 don't. Pay . well this is probably not the main factor, but junior doctors start on £22000 per year after 5 years training. In 1980 I started on £12000 and as a SHO was on £15000 GPs at the time may have earned £25-30,000 Juniors should be earning over £30,000 if their pay had gone up proportionally. The 11% pay rise offered is in the face of a 15% pay rise recommended by the DDRB Juniors are being forced to strike, who can blame them.

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12 Nov 2015

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