Junior doctors threaten strike


NHS services across the country will be crippled as over 30,000 junior doctors threaten to go on strike over the government’s new 7-day NHS care changes….reports Asian Lite News

NHS HospitalThe changes proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunts will cut the pay of junior doctors by 30 per cent. As per the new rules the evenings and weekends would be paid at the standard rate.

According to the BMA, the new contract could affect up to 55,000 doctors. Jane Dacre, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, said: “I have been speaking to my fellow royal college presidents, and we have agreed to send a joint letter to the secretary of state for health to express our significant concerns.”

The Department of Health said this week that it would impose the contract from April, as part of its drive for seven-day services, reclassifying junior doctors’ normal working week to include Saturdays and run to 10pm every night except Sunday.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on the British Medical Association to ballot for strike action.