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New junior doctors' contracts are 'frank discrimination'

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Junior doctors at Royal Cornwall Hospital say they're prepared to quit if forced to accept a new government contract, which they say will discriminate against part-time workers, working mums and be a "criminal waste" of skills and experience.

Thousands across England took part in a 48-hour strike as part of a row with the government over these new contracts, with more strikes planned for April.

Dr Natasha Hougham works a

37-hour
part-time week

while studying for

11
exams

She argues that most part-time doctors in training are working mums - who would be earning a lower hourly rate than full-time colleagues under the contracts.

Trainee surgeon Dr Sophie Welchman says under the new rota she'll be earning an hourly rate of

£1.50
at weekends

while paying childcare of five times that amount. She says she may not be able to afford to carry on, and that this would be a "criminal waste" of her skills and experience.

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