Video: Junior doctor contract changes could discourage working class students from medicine

Proposed junior doctor contract changes could put off students from working class backgrounds, a striking GP registrar has warned.

Dr Kenny Siu, a trainee GP who is supporting the junior doctor strike
Dr Kenny Siu, a trainee GP who is supporting the junior doctor strike

Speaking to GPonline from the BMA picket line at the Royal London Hospital in east London, Dr Kenny Siu, a final year registrar said he feared the proposed contract changes could make it difficult for medical students from working class backgrounds like himself to pay back student debts.

'I'm going to finish this year, so for me this [strike] is all about future trainees and medical students and whether or not they will be able to become junior docors and whether or not they are going to be able to afford to become junior doctors,' Dr Siu said.

'I came form a working class background, I was brought up in a council house, so it's not like I had loads of money to splash around to do these things. The salary I get helps me pay back the debt thay I've got over the years.

'I worry about the new generation of doctors not having enough money and being worried about money so that they can't pursue the career they want to, or alternatively medicine turns into a very selective career choice for people that can afford it.'

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