Junior Doctors in the UK will strike on Tuesday

@garymarsh6 (14429)
United Kingdom
January 8, 2016 6:01pm CST
Junior doctors in the UK will take strike action over new contracts that the department of health want to implement. The strike is one of three that are proposed to take place over the next month. Emergency cover will be provided but routine operations have been cancelled. A junior doctor straight out of uni earns roughly £23,000 a year as a starting salary which is quite low considering the responsibility they have on their shoulders. The government are being quite underhanded in the way they have tried to negotiate with the BMA (British Medical Association) the doctors union. The night before the strike was supposed to take place in December the government announced too late in the day an 11% increase in their salaries. It was too late to negotiate and accept it but the BMA agreed to cancel the strike for further negotiations. The strike is not about pay as such but rather the unfair system of working over night, reducing the amount of pay for working up to 10PM. The strike action is not about pay but the conditions under which they would be forced to work meaning far more hours and for less pay. The department of health has misreported wrong figures and false information which tells the public that the NHS is not a 7 day service to some extent that is true but to make it a truly 7 day service they would have to put their money where there mouth is and fund it properly which they are not prepared to do. This morning a letter has been published in the Independent Newspaper showing how the letter had been "doctored" (excuse the pun) to damage the doctors cause so that the general public will not support the doctors. It mentions if there was a major terrorist attack would the doctors go back to work immediately. Probably not. This is a complete lie. Of course the doctors like any emergency worker would respond to a catastrophic emergency. The health secretary has been underhanded and we know from experience how he tried to shut our hospital down illegally and creaming off all our expert staff to prop up a failing hospital that was in the red whereas my hospital is well run and very successful. This was overturned and the high court which over ruled him. So what did this nasty little man do? He rushed through a law that if he decided to close a hospital no one could challenge him. How disgraceful is that!! I do support the junior doctors action. OK we will have to step up to the mark to cover their absence by providing emergency care. The wards and departments will not be without medical cover but only urgent treatment will take place. So it looks like we will be very busy next Tuesday. I hope the government see how shameful they have behaved and come to a proper, decent and acceptable agreement. It is not just about money but more to do with excessive hours for which they are going to be underpaid.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
How could the health secretary rush through a law essentally giving himself carte blanche? It seems very wrong if he is able to do that unchallenged. If you support the junior doctors' strike they must have right on their side. I know you to be level headed, and as you are so close to the action, I respect your opinion. Good luck to them.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
The government have been sending out nasty and lying messages to make out that they would not return to duty if there was a big emergency Janet. That is so not true. Even when there are other disasters staff turn up for duty just in case without having to be called in.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
9 Jan 16
I fail to understand why they consider public opinion to be of any great benefit since the wages and conditions are beyond the control of the general public.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Perhaps that question should be directed at Jeremy Hunt the health secretary who sanctioned adulterating a letter that was going to be released to the press to make the doctors look bad! His intention is to turn peoples opinion against the doctors cause. Despicable little runt he is.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 To be fair the wages and conditions of the medical staff should not have to rely on public opinion.
@Tampa_girl7 (26235)
• United States
9 Jan 16
I hope that the strike will get good results.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
I do too Marie for the patients sake.
• United States
9 Jan 16
"Junior Doctor" this confuses me. Is this like an Emergency Room doctor? I do not understand how they think it is not only fair but safe to make the doctors work extended hours. Yes unfair pay is part of the issue, but a doctor who has to work extended hours without reprieve isn't a very smart idea. We all need rest but a person in charge of our health and essentially our lives should be well rested so as to perform services safely. The official who rushed a law that allows him the right to shut down a hospital without any backlash? That's ridiculous. It makes me think of a child with their fingers in their ears and their tongues out saying "nanana boo boo." I hope the officials see the error in their ways and pay these doctors their due.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Haha I love your answer. Get yourself over here I vote for you to run our daft country! Thank the nurses who save patients lives by pointing out errors to the doctors who are too tired sometimes to realise what they are actually doing. It is unsafe to make them work longer hours and with little compensation. It is dangerous and not clever.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Junior Doctors are usually doctors who have just qualified. They then go on to do two more years on the ward training. However this includes Registrars who have been qualified for at least five years and are one step away from becoming a consultant. (Specialist in their field)
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• United States
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 Thank you for the clarification. Either way, they deserve to be treated fairly.
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• United States
9 Jan 16
I find it awful that all over the world people who do really important work are paid far less than those who do work that actually benefits almost no one.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Well that is true I guess there has been too much reliance on it being a vocation and the good will of many eh!
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
A junior Doctor in Italy earns 21,000 € (that is about 15,800 £), it's very little if you consider how many years they study and the responsibilities. The Italian doctors are regularly on strike several times per year in Italy, but they have to be ready to go back to work if a major disaster strike, or they will be banned from the profession.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Any health professional would go back to work if there were such a major disaster. You know Anna we regularly work extra hours for no pay. You can not walk away from someone who is dying and needs your help! Its not like turning off a computer. The cost of accommodation in London is astronomical. I know some of our doctors who are renting a room in a house paying £1000 ($1540) (Euro1329.53) rent per month. It is silly.
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@LadyDuck (176861)
• Switzerland
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 I know about the medical profession, my brother is a doctor. The rents in Milan are the same you mention here. This is the reason why there are so many strikes in Italy, everything is too expensive for the salaries people receive.
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jan 16
I hope the strike will bring about some positive change.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
I think it will. It is the first strike since 1975 but then half the country were striking then for one reason or another.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 ....Yes, they were.
@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jan 16
I doubt the government will admit to acting shamefully but I wish the junior doctors luck. It is not fair to do this to junior doctors - or senior doctors!
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
You are not wrong there Judy. This government are quite underhanded spiteful and mean whilst lining their own pockets quite handsomely.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 It's the same the world over I think. Just worse in some areas than in others.
@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
9 Jan 16
It is always a shame when people have to strike to get what they should already have,
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
It is a decision that has not been taken lightly.
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@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 No I understand, my husband has gone out on strike and it is not fun.
@jstory07 (70020)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Jan 16
Working more hours for less money is just crazy. The company that I worked for got rid of the assistant manager postion and they said step down for less pay or get out,
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@jstory07 (70020)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 That is really stupid.
@bluesa (15115)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 , I hope the strike will bring about a quick and positive result. All the best with the exra care you and others may have to provide.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Hopefully things will be quiet and calm and if its not we will just have to get on with it.
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
9 Jan 16
We have been having the same problem here with nurses and teachers. They are always on strike because of this and that
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
Nurses in the UK have never gone on strike. We have a no strike policy however moods are changing and I think this government are pushing us too hard.
@DianneN (85223)
• United States
9 Jan 16
All doctors are overworked and underpaid, especially the younger ones. My children's pediatrician told me he was paid the same as a pilot.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
He is probably a consultant or equivalent there. the junior doctors start at $34,000 but accommodation is so expensive here around $1500 a month for a room in a house share!
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
9 Jan 16
I hope the issue can be resolved. I am guessing Junior Doctors are what we call Residents. They work those overnight shifts as part of their job. Their starting salary may sound fine to most of us but one has to consider the years of training and school to reach that level.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
You are not wrong there!
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@Inlemay (17021)
• South Africa
9 Jan 16
I sounds like something that would happen in SA - did our health minister influence yours in any way? Best of Luck for all the JNR Doctors - them being off can cause quite a dysfunctional Medical structure in the country.
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@garymarsh6 (14429)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 16
It will cause a lot of problems but emergency cover will still be in place.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jan 16
Do they not realize that the excessive hours and conditions could put patients at risk or do they even care?