Protest song over junior doctor and GP trainee pay goes viral

A junior doctor's protest song against the government's proposed cuts to junior doctors' pay has amassed thousands of views online.

Dr Eirion Slade: protest song over junior doctors' pay
Dr Eirion Slade: protest song over junior doctors' pay

Junior doctor Eirion Slade performed the song live in Parliament Square during the junior doctors protest against proposed pay cuts and longer hours late last month.

In the song, a spoof of Jessie J’s 2011 hit Price Tag, Mr Slade addresses health secretary Jeremy Hunt directly, singing: ‘It’s not about the money, money, money/But we don’t think it’s funny, funny, funny/Jeopardising patient welfare, to push through private healthcare.’

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Mr Hunt wrote to the BMA last week giving his ‘categorical assurance’ that he would not slash overall spending on junior doctor and GP trainee pay, after mounting pressure from doctors’ groups and a push for industrial action from the BMA.

The RCGP said it will continue to ‘push for clarification’ on how the government’s junior doctor pay proposals would work.

The video, posted on Youtube, warns that cutting trainee pay ‘could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back’.

Photo: Eirion Slade/YouTube

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