On Friday, Louise was delighted to meet with local junior doctors to hear first hand about their ongoing fight over changes the Government are making to Junior Doctor contracts.
They told me how they work all through the day and night for their patients, sometimes clocking up to 72 hours weeks and it’s clear that this government is completely undervaluing their contribution to our NHS. The system is currently running on goodwill as people work overtime voluntarily practically everyday.
The BMA have described the proposed contract as 'unsafe and unfair' and that the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have stated that this could be 'gravely damaging to the health and wellbeing of children' and 'adversely affect recruitment, retention and the morale' of junior doctors.
Commenting Louise said:
"It is inspiring to meet with these dedicated junior doctors who work so hard to ensure patients across Sheffield get high quality care.
The changes to the junior doctor contracts are deeply concerning and Jeremy Hunt must start to listen to the profession rather than trying to force through these deeply unpopular proposals."
"It is completely unacceptable and patronising for the Health Secretary to claim doctors are being misled by the BMA. The doctors I met understood perfectly well what the changes meant and know far better than the Health Secretary what the implications will be for patient safety."
"Rather than sniping petulantly from the sidelines, the Health Secretary should start behaving in a manner more befitting his office and drop proposals for a new contract that has done so much to harm trust."