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Protesters: Contract changes will mean tired doctors

Protesters in Nottingham who are campaigning against changes to junior doctors' contracts have told ITV News that the changes will mean tired doctors, that 'could become dangerous'.

They spoke during a rally in Old Market Square where hundreds attended to try to make their voices heard.

Hundreds protest in Nottingham against junior doctor contracts

Hundreds of people turned out in Nottingham's Old Market Square in protest against changes to junior doctor's contracts.

Protest in Old Market Square Credit: ITV News Central

Junior doctors say the change would see them forced to work longer hours for less pay under extra pressure, and that it would put patients lives at risk.

The BMA hopes the protests will be a 'wake-up call' for MPs Credit: ITV News Central

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has accused the British Medical Association of 'misrepresenting' the Government's plans, but the BMA denies the claims, saying the protests would be a 'wake up call' for MPs.

Jeremy Hunt says the Government wants to stop hospitals being forced to roster three times less medical cover at weekends.

The protest coincided with a big protest in London Credit: ITV News Central


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BMA: Junior doctor rally will be 'wake-up for ministers'

Junior doctors marched on Downing Street last month in protest over contract change plans. Credit: PA

Dr Johann Malawana,chairman of the British Medical Council's junior doctors' committee, has denied the Health Secretary's accusation it has misled doctors over proposed contract changes.

Ahead of a protest rally, he said it would be "a wake-up call for ministers" that pay and working hours reforms are "unacceptable".

In recent weeks the health secretary has acknowledged junior doctors play a vital role in the NHS, which is at odds with his relentless and extremely damaging rhetoric attacking doctors, which has led to the anger on display today.

We have always stated that without the continued threats of imposition and pre-conditions, the BMA would be happy to enter meaningful negotiations. But until the government gives junior doctors the reasonable assurances they are demanding we will continue with our course of action.

– Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA junior doctors committee
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Junior doctor: Contract changes 'too important' to ignore

Ahead of a march in protest against proposed changes to junior doctor pay and working conditions, an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar has taken to Twitter to explain why "it is too important not to make a noise about".


NHS campaigner 'delighted' by Mid-Staffs charges

An NHS campaigner behind the group that exposed poor standards at Stafford Hospital says she is 'delighted' by the decision to bring criminal charges against Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust over the deaths of four elderly patients.

Julie Bailey Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Julie Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.

"This should have happened long ago. Had charges been brought earlier lives might have been saved."

– Julie Baker

The charges, brought by the Health and Safety Executive, relate to alleged health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of the elderly patients between October 2005 and May 2014.

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Mid Staffs to face charges over four patients' deaths

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust - which ran the former Stafford Hospital - is to face criminal charges over the deaths of four patients, with one as recent as last year.

The charges, brought by the Health and Safety Executive, relate to alleged health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of the elderly patients between October 2005 and May 2014.

The trust was embroiled in one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS when it emerged that thousands of patients had died unnecessarily at the former Stafford Hospital, which is know called County Hospital.

The trust is due to appear before Stafford Magistrates on 4 November, with the charges relating to the deaths of:

  • Patrick Daly, 89, who died on 13 May 2014;
  • Edith Bourne, 83, who died on 22 July 2013;
  • Ivy Bunn, 90, who died on 6 November 2008, and;
  • Lillian Tucker, 77, who died on 21 October 2005
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