(Original post by apronedsamurai)
Appreciate that you are really busy with work etc, and it is a genuine shame that the media IS distorting things. Could you maybe give us a brief synopsis, if only to give us a more clearer understanding?Always nice to have the facts, not just dogma (I speak of the media in that regard).
(please. And small words. I'm very dim.
If Im honest I am only a first year medical student, the info I have got from the juniors is from my friend at St Georges London who is an F1 currently.
- although basic pay will rise, banding will cease meaning that juniors who do more overtime and work longer hours to support our patients and our NHS will be worse off (which is not a great moral booster). also as there is no alternative this could see a rise in doctors working unsafe hours.
- removal of the GP training supplement could see a significant decrease in pay to GPs in comparison to their colleagues in other specialities. as well all know GPs are the foundation of the NHS and this could push many people away from the specialism. (just to put this into perspective I went into medicine hoping to become a GP but if this contract goes ahead I will seriously consider against it).
- non-resident on call pay could be drastically decreased meaning the doctors will be working longer hours for much less once again.
- pay only rises when you move to the next stage of training rather than every year with experience. this could seriously dissadvantage people needing to take time out of the profession for personal reasons (e.g. maternity leave) as their training is on hold.
- for the first 5 years as a junior annual leave is capped at 25 days (even in retail I got 30 days), and there has been no action to stopping fixed leave (where leave for each individual is allocated with no say by the individual as to which dates they can have off).
- junior doctors now will be fully reimbursed for any expenses with no upper limits being set.
- CHANGE IN THE STANDARD WORKING HOURS from 60 to 90 hours per week. meaning doctors who work unsocial hours will now get less pay compared to before. this could lead to a lack of moral when working on these new standard hour shifts still classed as unsocial.
this is what I know, other than that I just follow news stories.
but what people who arent in the medical profession have to realise is how god damn hard doctors work day in day out to save lives. I mean I would love to see some of you lot work 5 hours overtime in a stressful A&E department because a critically ill patient needs you. remember doctors are PEOPLE! they have families and need sleep and food just like everyone else. your overworking the skilled people who are capable and more than willing to save your lives, and your pushing them out of the profession by changing their contracts and not supporting their needs. Many people say they have been put off studying medicine due to the contract changes, and I know myself I am concerned whether medicine will be the supportive career and the fulfilling career it was when I applied just over a year ago to medical school!
as for OUR NHS, support the doctors standing up to save the NHS, after they have gone after the doctors they will come for nurses and then the NHS itself. were living in fear of loosing one of our countries best assets, yet people have the nerve to call out junior doctors saying they are money grabbing, Ii would love for all of your sat in your chairs at home on your day off saying that to train in medical school for 5/6 years (Its hard enough to get in mind) and then enter a profession where your run off your feet, and constantly overworked because of staff shortages, there is never a slow day in the NHS, patients never stop coming. I dare you to try before you call anyone out!