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Exclusive: Trainees can face fees of £65 a night to stay in hospital during 24 hour non-resident on-call shifts

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 18 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1836
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors are calling for a change in their contracts to ensure that no one is charged to stay overnight in hospital accommodation, after an investigation found that one in five acute trusts in England asked trainees to pay as much as £65 a night.

The trainees’ section of the British Association of Urological Surgeons conducted a freedom of information investigation into accommodation charges for doctors working a 24 hour non-resident on-call shift as part of its #DontPayToStay campaign.1

It sent the request to 213 trusts in England and received responses from 182 (response rate 93%). Of these, 145 had rooms available for non-resident on-calls, and 30 trusts (20%) charged trainees to use them.

Charges ranged from £65 a night at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London to £9.14 at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The median charge was …

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