Young doctor performing various tasks at his desk in his office
A NHS The surgeon explained in a viral video why the young doctors are considering a three-day strike over their salary this year.
The five-minute explainer has been viewed almost 200,000 times and was unveiled (on 9 January) after the British Medical Association voted for industrial action by young doctors in the UK.
If the strike continues, it could mean that the union’s 45,000 junior doctor members could go out of business in March amid ongoing concerns about how it will rise. inflation can affect their salaries.
A BMA survey of junior physician members at the end of December also found that 71% were “very concerned” about the cost of living and 28% were “somewhat concerned”.
The NHS is now thought to be breathing its last, with nurses and ambulance drivers already striking to mobilize the government, increase their salaries and improve working conditions.
And ear surgeon Joe Manjaly explained in his viral TikTok video why he will support those who strike, even though it means his own workload will increase significantly.
He explained: “In the spring, I face the prospect of all the junior doctors on my team going on strike for more pay.
“This means I have to cancel all my operations and meet emergencies while they are away.
“My polyclinics are also affected by the nurses who are already on strike.”
Manjaly later took the stance of critics of the strikes: “Of course, anyone entering the NHS should know that there are some sacrifices involved, that the first years will be tough, and that you must ultimately be willing and ready to serve the public and not strike for more pay?
“Let me say this: if you agree with anything I’ve just said, I would really advise you not to believe the rhetoric I just repeated.”
But “the huge thing that isn’t talked about enough is the effect of increasing university tuition to £9,000 a year,” he said.
Manjaly said this has had an impact on an entire generation of doctors who need five or six years of college education in the medical profession.
“It’s essentially a lifetime of indirect taxation that keeps you in line unless you’re willing to leave completely,” he explained.
“Meanwhile, instead of rising wages to reflect this, actual payments have fallen. [more and more] Gradually until it reaches about 30% over a 15-year period.
“That is the house prices and cost of living gone.
“So you would think at least doctors, exams, enrollment fees, compensation, cost of courses, portfolio fees could at least stay the same to mitigate the fact that fees don’t increase over time – but actually all of that has gone up as well.”
He added this arrangement and changes to his words. pensions made it worse.
The basic pay for a junior doctor is around £29,000 but most will get paid a little more for overtime and anti-social work shifts.
Still, the BMA says sub-inflation salary increases have resulted in real-time pay cuts of 26.1% for UK junior doctors since 2008-9.
Manjaly explained: “The young doctors who are committed to putting those early tough pitches are no longer seeing that they’re breaking net zero and are starting to accumulate something, they’re still trying to break net zero in their 30s and 40s.
“And that means you’re in debt when you want to start a family because your fertility isn’t waiting for your student loan to be paid off.”
He added that medicine as a profession is off-hours – childcare will be additionally expensive and “price up an entire generation of the workforce”.
He said: “I wouldn’t blame resident doctors for questioning whether they could do something else entirely with far less sacrifice and ultimately save the same amount.”
He also expressed fears that this would mean young doctors would turn their backs on the NHS.
“Doctors don’t need endurance training. Physicians know that they are expected to work hard in their careers.
“I don’t think doctors are exhausted from working hard, I think they are exhausted by stress, sheer stress, expectation disappointment.”
The surgeon said this meant “to get the social contract out of the way of doctors”.
He also pointed out that anyone in need will need good communication skills, emotional intelligence, and someone who can understand a lot of data to come up with a health plan.
Manjaly said you need the “best” of each generation to do this job, and so the role itself has to be appealing.
“I’m really worried that if we don’t do that, we’re going to see what people have predicted for years – and that’s the slow atrophy of the healthcare system that supports this country.”
Junior doctors were last out of routine and emergency care in 2016 due to a disagreement over salary.
Prime minister Rishi Altar, meanwhile, it prioritizes anti-strike proposals that will ensure minimal service even on strike days – despite this being one of the proposals the understaffed NHS has been demanding for years.
Co-chairman of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, Dr. Robert Laurenson also explained: “Our question is not implausible.
“We are not less than a quarter of our colleagues in 2008. Those who will graduate and join us in our profession should not have to experience the salary cuts before us. It sounds like a lot and will feel like a real struggle. We are against a tremendous institutional power and inertia.
“Every year, the government is stepping back from its responsibility, and we always come to pick up the pieces, subsidize what our employers ask us to do, and provide high-quality healthcare that we want or want to give. Accept as citizens of this country.”
According to the BBC, Laurenson and his colleague Dr. Vivek Trivedi also said: “There is no choice but to act.”