We see the latest political wrangling over what the newest members of the medical profession should be paid. I think we are missing the point here as this issue could be solved with a clear government initiative to get more doctors qualified and treating patients. Rather than quibble over pay and hours the "elephant in the room" here is capacity of the NHS to treat patients. Less available patient hours means more mistakes and then larger pay outs for negligence. we here a lot about investing in the NHS but do we ever see define initiatives designed to get more students studying care and medicine. The NHS remains a great institution and the envy of the world in its achievements. More doctors, nurses and care staff could only make it better I'm sure.
The Tory Health Secretary boasted: "Today I can confirm that not a single junior doctor working within the legal limits for hours will have their pay cut." The key phrase appeared to be 'legal limits' He told his inquisitor, Lib Dem Norman Lamb, the promise would apply to all doctors working up to 56 hours a week. Yet in the same speech he said the legal limit for doctors will be 72 hours. Mr Hunt then declined to vote for Labour's motion guaranteeing no junior doctor would have to take a pay cut. Mr Lamb warned Britain's most stressed doctors could lose out - as The slip emerged in yesterday's Labour debate on junior doctors' contracts as medics prepare to be balloted for strike action.