Pay cuts turning medical students away from working in the NHS BMA Cymru Wales says, after study finds one in three plans to quit NHS

Press release from BMA Cymru Wales.

Location: Wales
Published: Tuesday 12 September 2023
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Responding to the findings of a study that one in three medical students plan to leave the NHS within two years of graduation, Dr Oba Babs-Osibodu and Dr Peter Fahey WJDC co-chairs said:

“The results of this study are yet more evidence of the harmful effect of prolonged cuts to doctors’ pay. We now have a situation where medical students are already planning to leave the NHS just two years into their training.

“Medical students saddled with rising student debt and the cost of living are now able to take up opportunities for better pay and conditions outside of the NHS and all the while one in six patients in Wales wait for treatment.

“We urge the Welsh Government to use its power to turn the tide on this issue by restoring doctors’ pay. Whilst we push forward with balloting members for industrial action, we remain open to talks with the Welsh Government if a credible offer is on the table.

“Restoring doctors’ pay back to 2008 levels, paying them properly for the lifesaving work they do must be prioritised. This is the Welsh Government’s chance to reverse this worrying trend before it’s too late.”

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The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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