20,000 join protest over junior doctor contracts: how Twitter reacted

More than 20,000 people took to the streets on Saturday to protest over plans to impose a contract that the BMA fears could dramatically cut pay for some junior doctors and GP trainees.

Despite efforts from health secretary Jeremy Hunt to allay fears over the potential impact of changes to junior doctor contracts, doctors' leaders remain concerned that the changes could bring cuts of up to 30% to GP trainee and junior doctors' pay.

Junior doctors are about to be balloted by the BMA over industrial action.

BMA education, training and workforce subcommittee chair Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, former RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada and other senior GPs were among the protesters.

To enable junior doctors to take time out of work (on a Saturday) and take part in the protest, consultants were reported to have worked for free to provide cover.

TV doctor Dr Ranj Singh was among many protesters who posted videos on Twitter of the day's events.

High profile celebrity supporters backed the protest, too, among them Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Photo: NHA Party

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women and under-18s will not be offered COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women, children and under-18s will not be recommended for routine COVID-19...

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

GP training: How an audit e-portfolio log entry is assessed

The second of two articles on audit during GP training looks at how the quality improvement...

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

GP training: Writing up an audit for your e-portfolio

In the first of two articles on how to write up an audit, a typical e-portfolio entry...

UK ups order of 95% effective COVID-19 vaccine by 2m doses

UK ups order of 95% effective COVID-19 vaccine by 2m doses

The UK has increased its order of the 95% effective Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to 7m...

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

Which COVID-19 vaccines are lined up for roll-out on the NHS?

As GPs and their teams prepare for delivering a COVID-19 vaccination programme that...