If you’re a junior doctor working in the UK at the moment you will know that the vote for contract strikes has been announced. A huge 98% of you are in favour.
A BMA ballot of more than 37,000 junior doctors found that 98% voted for strikes. These look due to happen with a walkout on the 1st December and two further walkouts on the 8th and 16th of December from 8am to 5pm.
Here are the five key points you’ll want to know about when the strikes come about and what the strikes are trying to fight for.
1. Basic pay-rise of 11%
This is the key figure that Hunt wants you to focus on. The new government proposals offer a basic pay rise to all junior doctors working with the NHS of 11 per cent. This is part of a government plan to offer a ‘seven-day NHS’ to the public.
2. £25,500 salary
This change means a newly qualified doctor would earn £25,500 as opposed to £22,636. Have they tried living in London recently?
Jeremy Hunt said the changes would mean three quarters of the 50,000 doctors would get pay increases, and most of the rest would see their salaries protected.
3. Progress makes perfect
What’s different in the new scheme is that guaranteed pay rises related to time in the job are being scrapped.
Instead pay will be directly linked to progress through dedicated training stages and employee performance.
4. Cuts, cuts, cuts
There are also plans to cut the amount of hours deemed as unsociable. 25 per cent of these will now be part of the normal working week, meaning doctors get paid less for working those shifts. An actual cut to their salary that some may not be able to afford. There will now be a 72-hour cap on the working week for junior doctors.
5. The top 1%
According to Hunt, only one per cent of NHS junior doctors would lose out in the new plans, with some facing a pay cut in real terms of up to 15 per cent.
Read more analysis on the proposed NHS reforms here