Medical student ‘would be better off working at McDonalds’ under new junior doctor contract

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A Sheffield medical student has said she would be ‘better off working at McDonald’s’ than becoming a doctor.

Lianne Sellors, of Crookesmoor, is set to become a junior doctor later this year.

The 23-year-old made her bold comment in a Facebook post that went viral in the wake of Government plans to impose new contracts on all doctors up to consultant level from next year.

The 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.

Lianne – who has a part time job at McDonald’s to fund her studies – posted a picture of herself in her fast food uniform on the day thousands of medics gathered to protest outside the Houses of Parliament.

She wrote: “I would love to be with them. However, I’m working.

“Not on-call like many others, but at McDonald’s.

“Having worked here for over eight years to fund my studies as a student doctor I am hugely angry and disappointed at what lies ahead.

“The new contract is not fair – I’d be better off staying at McDonald’s – and 
it’s not safe.”

Lianne studies at the University of Sheffield and has worked at McDonald’s since she was 16 to help fund her course.

She told The Star she is not concerned about working long hours as she does that already – but she is concerned the junior doctor contract would be ‘detrimental to patient safety.’

She said: “It is scary and really frustrating because I don’t know what kind of job I’ll be walking into when I finish studying.

“This is what I have always wanted to do.

“We train for years to look after people and these kind of hours will make us lose confidence in the decisions we are making.

“We will be worried that we will make mistakes.”