New Junior Doctors Contracts
Referring to the recent article (dated 24th September 2015) on The Guardian about the new junior doctor contracts, I think that it is absolutely absurd that this is allowed to happen. Whilst NHS managers are earning great salaries and the pay of MPs has gone up by almost 10% (including that of Jeremy Hunt himself), I think this should no longer be tolerated by NHS staff. The fact that the public sector pay has gone up by about 1% this year and that of private sector workers by 3% highlights the growing inequality in these sectors. It is not surprising to hear that many junior doctors want to leave the country to places like Australia where pay is better whilst working conditions and lifestyle are also better. The NHS appears to be nearing its end where the constant cost cutting and never ending demands from patients are reaching breaking point. It is almost unthinkable for staff not to lose their morale in a system where pay is poor, working hours are long, unsociable and stressful, and where managers are constantly telling medical professionals about what should be prescribed because it is simply cheaper. Once demotivation sets in, productivity will inevitably fall and there will be more staff shortages through illness (caused by stress) and doctors migrating to other countries.
As per the BBC article on 26th September 2015 on ‘BMA to ballot junior doctors on industrial action’, I think the idea of ‘scrapping overtime rates for work between 7am and 10pm on every day except Sunday’ is abysmal. Junior doctors are already being overworked as it is and do not receive a good enough salary compared to many other professions. I am unable to see the government’s logic here because at the time of the banking crisis, they rewarded bankers for the trouble they caused by giving them bonuses. The problems with the NHS are not the fault of doctors, nurses and clinicians but politicians, managers, red tape and society as a whole. Therefore, I cannot see why NHS staff should be punished for this.
In summary, I think this is a step too far. I cannot see the government doing anything to reduce wages in the private and banking sectors. Within the public sector, the only pay that is significantly rising is that of MPs which is rather ironic. These are the same people whose lunches, dinners, accommodation and travel expenses are paid for by taxpayers. I think the whole system is in shambles and it is only a matter of time before the NHS shuts down.