I didn't think I would be re-blogging on this topic so soon, wonders never cease! The discussed changes in the junior doctors contract is a cause for concern. I read only this morning that Dr Kitty Mohan, Co-chairman of the BMA's junior Doctors Committee (the doctors union) is considering industrial action. How can you not when 35,000 doctors have signed a petition for this in a matter of days?
The request which has caused umbrage is the change in normal working hours, from Monday to Friday to Monday to Saturday ignoring the extra salary incurred for the Saturday. This change is expected to slash earnings by 40%, and not surprisingly the GMC has received 1,644 requests allowing doctors to work overseas.
The emphasis on equity of pay in the political sector over modern day working practices is the exact opposite. Notable examples are a minimum wage, end to zero-hour contracts, and let's not comment on the incessant London tube strikes over overnight tube provision!
By the way a Junior doctor grade is anyone below a consultant level.
To find out more, read commentaries in the press over this: