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Ignoring the new junior doctor contract could backfire on general practice


I have mixed feelings on the new contract but there is one important point that we are all missing. Many (?most) trainees are employed by central employers (not trainees). And most are employed on 40 hour contracts by their employer. That decision, to have a 40 hour contract is absolutely nothing to do with the new contract. The new contract allows trainees to be employed for up to 48 hours. HEE opt to put trainees on 40 hour contracts purely to save money. Having just written my trainees new rotas, the new contract trainees are having less education/ training purely because they will miss out on those 8 hours every week. Pay them appropriately, then the problem goes away.

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04 Aug 2017

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