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Pay rates for junior doctors' additional hours need to be adjusted

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7146.1748 (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1748
  1. Trevor Pickersgill, Research fellow in neurology,
  2. H G Kynaston, Consultant urologist,
  3. Rhidian Hurle, Senior house officer in orthopaedics and trauma,
  4. Gary Small, Senior house officer in oncology
  1. University Hospital of Wales Healthcare NHS Trust and University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XW
  2. Glan Hafren NHS Trust Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Gwent NP9 2UB
  3. TP, RH, and GS are junior doctors. RH and TP are members of the Junior Doctors Committee of the BMA.

    EDITOR—Work out of hours (additional duty hours) performed by junior doctors working on call rotas is currently paid at 50% of the standard hourly rate. Many junior doctors find this rate insulting and think that overtime, being compulsory and demanded by a monopoly employer, should be just what it says.

    Pay rates should therefore be at least the same as for a normal working day, for reasons of responsibility, inconvenience, and comparability with pay for work done outside normal working hours in other professions and trades. The annual evidence …

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