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Junior doctors condemn new contract they say could cut pay by 40 %

The Department of Health has confirmed that it will impose a new contract on junior doctors after the BMA's junior doctors committee refused to re-enter negotiations.

NHS junior doctors have condemned the new contract imposed on them. They fear that it will see their pay cut by up to 40%, force them to work more anti-social shifts and put many off becoming GPs or A&E medics.

The contract, which will come into force next summer, will reclassify junior doctors' normal working week, known as "plain time", from 60 hours to 90 hours. This will include Saturdays and will stretch through until 10pm every night of the week except for Sundays.

The BMA is warning that treating Saturday evening working as the same as Tuesday afternoon working will discourage junior doctors from choosing to go into medical specialties - where urgent emergency care means they often work outside normal hours.

NHS junior doctors have pledged to resist the move by ministers, which they say is "bad for patients, bad for junior doctors and bad for the NHS". The joint leader of the 53,000 junior doctors affected has also  indicated that they may even go on strike in protest.

The devolved government in Scotland has confirmed that they will not be adopting the proposed new contract.


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