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


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Dr Zoe Norris

GPDF slashes costs and overhauls funding rules to 'restore trust' with GPs

The General Practice Defence Fund (GPDF) has cancelled contracts worth hundreds of...

Churchill Gardens

Scheme from Brazil helps address health inequalities in London practice

A scheme involving community health and wellbeing workers, which is based on a long-standing...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: How an initiative from Brazil could help general practice and improve outcomes

Dr Matt Harris and London GP Dr Connie Junghans Minton explain how an initiative...

Medical centre sign

One in three GP practices in Northern Ireland faced serious closure risk in past 18 months

One in three GP practices in Northern Ireland have faced a serious risk of closure...

BMA sign

BMA warns Treasury 'many practices' will close without emergency financial support

GP leaders have urged the Treasury to agree emergency funding to support general...


Practices can use £172m PCN cash to support staff pay rises, GP leaders say

Practices can use their share of Β£172m from the 2023/24 investment and impact fund...