What are the issues in the doctors’ strike?


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to impose a new contract on junior doctors which would change their terms of employment, after they rejected the proposal. The terms include an average basic salary increase of 13.5%.

Doctors would receive time plus 30 per cent for any hours worked between 5pm-9pm on Saturday and 7am-9pm on Sunday, while those working at least one in four Saturdays would receive a pay premium of 30 per cent for all Saturday hours.

Three quarters of doctors would receive a take home pay rise, the Health Secretary says. But the increase in basic pay is not an increase in overall earnings. Instead, it would offset losses from other changes in the contract, such as the lower earnings attached to working evenings and weekends. Junior doctors have also complained that there is no clarity about what would happen after 2019, when pay protection ends.

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