Hunt 'glossing over facts' about pay cuts say junior doctor leaders

Junior doctors' leaders have accused Jeremy Hunt of trying to 'gloss over the facts' after the health secretary appeared to admit that a minority will face pay cuts under a proposed new contract.

Mr Hunt’s comments to BBC Breakfast came just hours after he wrote to the BMA’s junior doctors’ committee to guarantee that no junior doctor would face pays cuts compared to the current contract.

A BMA ballot of junior doctors for industrial action is set to open on Thursday 5 November.

In a statement today, the BMA said Mr Hunt told BBC Breakfast that a ‘small minority’ of junior doctors working an average of more than 56 hours a week could lose money.

‘There’s a very small minority of doctors who will be working more than an average of 56 hours and at the moment they get paid what’s called colloquially in the NHS "danger money". We think that’s wrong,’ Mr Hunt said.

Junior doctor pay

According to the website Politics Home, he added: ‘But what we are saying is that for the vast majority of doctors who are working within the legal limit there will be no pay cut. We’ll make sure that happens.’

The comments appear markedly at odds with Mr Hunt's letter to BMA junior doctor committee chairman Dr Johann Malawana. The letter said: 'Today in the House of Commons I am giving a firm guarantee on behalf of the government that no junior doctor will see their pay cut compared to their current contract.'

Jeremy Hunt claims

Dr Malawana said: ‘Just hours after promising that no junior doctor would have a pay cut, Jeremy Hunt has now admitted that those working the longest hours would in fact see their pay fall.

‘Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly shifted his position and this is another example of the health secretary claiming one thing, but the reality being quite different.

‘It makes it impossible for junior doctors to trust the government when they have been caught out trying to gloss over the facts.’

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

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...