Bargaining for junior doctors’ pay and working conditions
Medical students need to share their views on what their future employment contract should look like
- By: Ben Molyneux
June 2013 saw the conclusion of the first stage of contract negotiations for a new junior doctors’ contract. This is big news for the 55 000 UK doctors currently in postgraduate training, but a refreshed contract will affect current medical students more than anyone else.
UK doctors in training all work with the same national terms and conditions. This means that wherever you work and at whatever grade, you can expect a standard contract. The contract was first negotiated in the 1990s and revised in 2000 with a primary objective of bringing an end to dangerous 100 plus hour weeks for junior doctors. Fast forwarding to 2013, we have fully implemented the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) into UK law, and doctors in training are limited to an average of 48 working hours per week. Some argue that for this reason the current contract has served its purpose and we need