Junior doctors gathered in Sheffield city centre to explain to the public why they may take industrial action in a row with the government over working conditions.
Proposals include reclassifying a doctor’s normal working week to include Saturdays and up to 10pm every night except Sunday.
Medics argue they face up to a 30 per cent pay cut as evenings and Saturdays will be paid at the standard rate rather than a higher, antisocial hours rate.
A dozen Sheffield junior doctors gave up their time off to speak to shoppers about the problem they face and how it could have a wider impact.
Junior doctor Kelly Mackenzie, aged 30, from Sharrow Vale, said: “We don’t want to go on strike but the contracts will impact on public safety and will have a wider effect on the future of the NHS. Our purpose is to let the public know about these issues and let them know why we might have to.”