Junior Doctors' Strike: Proposed new contract will turn recruitment and retention into an 'absolute disaster'

Junior Doctors' Strike: Proposed new contract will turn recruitment and retention into an 'absolute disaster'

Junior doctors stage a 48 hour long strike

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Doctors and medical students in the UK are said to be reconsidering their careers after a proposed government contract resulted in yet more junior doctors striking.

The NHS has claimed up to 5,000 services will be shut down as a result of the latest walk-out.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, BMA junior doctor, Dr. Jeeves Wijesuriya, who has been closely involved in the government negotiations, attempted to set the record straight.

“We are currently in a situation where we do not have enough staff to provide the health service we have, and what the government is trying to do is stretch the number of doctors we have further to try and achieve their objectives.

“Junior doctors are 100% behind delivering a seven-day service, but what we want is a vision for our health service that allows us to provide that without compromising on the care we want to provide."

Wijesuriya also raised concern over what he called a 'recruitment and retention' crisis, saying: “Those doctors who are working the most anti-social hours and working the hardest rotas will actually be most affected by the change in pay, and that will have a huge knock on effect on our ability to recruit and retain doctors in those areas where we need them the most.

“Our medical students are reconsidering their careers in this profession and the trouble is, to deliver the service, we need a certain number of staff. This contract will absolutely turn what is already a recruitment and retention crisis into an absolute disaster."

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