Do you trust your hospital trust?
After the rumours about junior doctors being screwed over by their employers, there turned out to be some truth in the matter. Helen Bryden was among the first doctors to speak out
When our salary banding was set at 1A instead of 2A—for a rota that was only just compliant with 2A hours—I should have known things were not going to go smoothly. We were appointed to a post advertised as “attracting a 2A salary banding,” and the timing of our disillusionment spoke volumes.
The day before our much anticipated first payslip, we received a brusque letter from a faceless person in the previously unheard of human resources department of our trust. Reassured by our consultant that this was a mistake, we set about contacting Mr Human Resources, the originator of the letter. Neither the consultant, the postgraduate tutor, nor myself had any success in the next three weeks. On a day off, I phoned his office every hour and was very impressed by the range of reasons given why he was out, busy, or otherwise unavailable. The best I got was