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Every year, junior doctors from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland meet at the BMA’s annual junior doctors conference to discuss, debate and agree policy ideas that they have submitted on the key issues affecting all our working lives. It’s your first port of call to create change for all junior doctors across the UK. The environment is friendly and engaging. Everyone is very supportive, and every effort is made to help and support first time attendees.
Junior doctors conference allows you to make change happen by turning your suggestions into BMA policy. The conference debates are focused around motions –the ideas that then form policy – that each region and nation has submitted from the issues affecting your colleagues. The value and strength of the junior doctor conference is in the diversity of views, ideas and experiences you bring, as attendees from across the UK.
Junior doctors in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have unique perspectives to bring, and all attendees at junior doctors conference can benefit from hearing your views. The collective perspective that we gain from learning each other’s strengths is absolutely pivotal in improving junior doctors working lives.
Last year, representatives from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland took forward motions on: fatigue; night shift work; raising concerns mechanisms; safe workloads and staffing levels, along with many others. These have been implemented as BMA policy, and each national committee is lobbying for improvements from employers, NHS Education for Scotland/Health Education and Improvement Wales/Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, the GMC and their respective devolved governments.
Please join us - bring your voice, inform the debate and help to shape the change we need. Join this quadrinational community for the improvement of training and working conditions for you and your colleagues now - and in the future.
Junior doctors conference takes places on Saturday 18 May 2019 at BMA House, London, with a grassroots event for first-time attendees on Friday 17 May 2019. To find out more visit: bma.org.uk/juniorsconference
Lewis, Josie, Stephen and Jeeves
Jeeves Wijesuriya is chair of UK JDC
Josie Cheetham is chair of Wales JDC
Lewis Hughes is chair of Scotland JDC
Stephen McAleer is chair of Northern Ireland JDC
It's more finacially stressful to be a NHS trust grade or training sho than being a locum doctor which completely undervalues and loses the permanent staff.
Will they reconsider increasing basic pay for antisocial hours overnight and weekends for training and trust grade non locum doctors.
It's really difficult working in A&E on 12 hour day, night and weekend shifts , along with the eportfolio and audit and teaching commitments in your free time.
Meanwhile locum doctors get paid as much for a few shifts and are off on holiday.
It doesn't help to have financial stresses that come along with A&E training where courses cost more than the study budgets.
It's not right that I could earn more as a 9-5 permenant SHO locum in a short staffed hospital, compared to being an A&E clinical fellow or on ACCS working 48 hours a week with more hours , less weekends and less money with more responsibility.
By no means am I suggesting reducing locum pay.
but it would reduce dependence on locums and cost less to the NHS to finacially incentivise non locum doctors working anti social overnight and weekend shifts.
Win- win for NHS staff and budget.
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