An idiot’s guide to the junior doctor dispute

The Psychiatry SHO*

The junior doctor contract dispute is really hard to understand. Especially if you work for the Government. So here are some easy-to-read answers to common questions on the topic.

Who cares about junior doctors anyway? Bloody kids.

You should care. ‘Junior doctor’ is a huge misnomer, referring to every doctor who hasn’t finished their training to be a consultant yet. Seeing as this training lasts around a decade after medical school, many ‘junior’ doctors are over 30 years old, and quite a few are over 40. They’re so experienced they can do complex operations, take care of the sickest of ITU patients, and run whole departments at certain times. This is on top of doing a lot of legwork like blood tests, ordering scans, being the first to respond to ward emergencies and writing discharge letters, making them integral to the whole NHS. So when 98% of a 76% turnout…

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