United Kingdom - Junior doctors fight ‘unsafe and unfair’ contract - April 30, 2016

Nearly 50,000 junior doctors are currently fighting a new contract proposed by the conservative government. In February 2019, the Health Secretary announced that the government will be imposing the contract despite ongoing industrial action. This move led to the escalation of strike action that was approved by 98 per cent of junior doctors in a ballot late 2015. Following walkouts in January, February and March, 2016, junior doctors across England staged two 48-hour strikes in April. The disputed contract is part of the Conservative Party’s healthcare reform agenda, which is intended to lead to a ‘seven-day National Health Service (NHS)’. To facilitate this, the new junior doctors’ contract would extend core working hours to cover Saturdays 07.00 to 19.00 as well as weekdays until 22.00. To compensate for the loss of extra pay for unsociable hours, basic pay would be increased. Industry professionals say the new contract is neither safe nor fair. They are calling for more resources for the overstretched and underfunded NHS.

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