Junior doctors talk to Sheffield shoppers about contract row

Junior Doctors gather names on petitions to protest about changes to the NHS
Junior Doctors gather names on petitions to protest about changes to the NHS
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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.”