MP’s junior doctors warning

Marie Rimmer
Marie Rimmer

St Helens South MP Marie Rimmer has warned of dire consequences if planned government changes to junior doctors contracts are given the go ahead.

Ms Rimmer said the propsoals were dangerous for patients and unfair to doctors.

“I do not want to go back to the old days, when a junior doctor told me he fell asleep while with a patient,” she the Labour MP.

“Another junior doctor was killed in a car crash on the way home after working for nearly 30 hours without a break.”

There has been a significant debate over pay plans, with the British Medical Association (BMA) claiming the new contracts could result in pay cuts of 30 per cent.

And Ms Rimmer said one junior doctor at Whiston Hospital had told her she faces severe financial hardships.

“Other countries, such as Australia, can offer a better quality of life compared with what the new proposals mean for her,” Ms Rimmer said.

“Given the very real prospect that she might default on her mortgage, she would have no choice but to move abroad with her family.”

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, has stated that Junior Doctors will not lose out financially under the new plans but the Government however the BMA has welcomed these assurances with caution.

Speaking after the debate, Ms Rimmer said: “I welcome the Health Secretary’s shift following pressure from campaigners and medical organisations.

“With junior doctors set to ballot on strike action from Thursday (November 5) it is vital that the Health Secretary engages with the BMA and brings fair and sensible proposals back to the table.”