UK Junior Doctor’s Strike
Junior doctors in Britain are on strike today to oppose a new contract to their positions that they call unsafe.
The new contract proposed by British Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt says junior doctors, or doctors in training, would be required to work more weekends, for less pay on Saturdays. An article by The Independent says basic salaries will increase by 13.5 per cent to compensate for the extra hours, but pay progression will also change so doctors won’t get automatic annual increases for time served anymore.
Junior doctors on strike say it would be unsafe for them to work even longer hours, getting less sleep and risking patients’ safety by not being alert.
A Department of Health spokesperson says the strike is “irresponsible” and has caused almost 25,000 patient operations to be cancelled.
A representative for the British Medical Association says the contract would be bad for the delivery of patient care long term and the government has left junior doctors no other choice after refusing to renegotiation the contract terms.
The strike also has the Patients Association’s support. The Patients Association is the leading body representing the interests of patients in the United Kingdom’s universal healthcare system, The National Health Service.
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