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Working hours of junior hospital doctors a health and safety issue:McDonald

25 January, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has called on Health Minister James Reilly to address the Dáil at the earliest opportunity, on the issue of the pay and conditions of junior hospital doctors, which she said “has become a health and safety issue as well as one of workers’ rights”.
“In the same week when graduate nurses protest at the proposal cut their salary by 20%, we are hearing stories of the effects of excessive working hours on the health and work performance of junior hospital doctors.
“There is a serious problem here which must be addressed by the minister, not only for the workers but for the patients in their care.
“While those on the lower pay scales are in crisis, those on the higher pay scales, such as consultants, receive bonuses for taking on extra duties, for example, €46,000 for taking on a clinical director’s role.”
“Sinn Féin has repeatedly pointed to the need to curb excessive salaries and calls on the government to cap pay at top of the public sector as one of the ways to prevent more damage to frontline services.”

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