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EK Medical Student Leads Protest Against Pay Cuts
Aaron Duff, Ailsa Peters, Amy Fitzpatrick, Rachael Logan and Peter McGregor will protest in Dundee city centre
An East Kilbride student is leading the campaign in Scotland against NHS changes which will see the salary of junior doctors slashed.
Rachael Logan (19), from Jackton, is a second-year medical student and is campaigning against changes to the NHS which could see English junior doctors pay cut by up to 30 per cent.
Rachael, who studies at the University of Dundee and attended St Andrew’s and St Brides High, feels that the changes in England will have a knock-on effect in Scotland and on her future. The group aim to support their English counterparts as they believe the new contracts will remove vital protections on safe working patterns, devalue evening and weekend work, and make under-recruited specialities less attractive.
Rachael and a group of her friends have organised a protest in Dundee on November 18.
She said: “Westminster is threatening privatisation and this change in contracts is part of their plan. This will lead to a decrease in public spending on health in England, which will lead to a proportional decrease in public funding for Scotland. As doctors in England seek training opportunities abroad to avoid these contracts, there will be a drain of UK-trained medical staff, not just south of the border but across the whole of the UK. Fewer doctors in the UK will mean fewer doctors for Scotland.
“The Scottish Government have given the British Medical Association assurances that it won’t be introducing the new contract, for now at least. However, the contract will have widespread UK implications and a different contract in Scotland does not mean we’ll escape unscathed.
“As such, myself and a few other students are holding a rally to show solidarity with our colleagues in England and inform the public about the effects the contract changes will have in Scotland.”
Rachael feels the changes will have a long-term affect on herself and other students, with more English students moving north of the border to try to find a job.
She said: “When it comes to applying for foundation year jobs, Scotland has always been under-subscribed. This was one of the factors that convinced me to accept my place in Dundee.
“The effect of this will be that many people who have put Scotland as their first choice will be unsuccessful with their application and will be forced into working in England under a contract they do not agree with.