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Due for marking MS 11 - Junior Doctors Compensation
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Mr. Speaker,

I can inform this House that the Government and the British Medical Association have reached an agreement that will allow for continued and indeed improved service.  Junior Doctors will receive significant pay increases as follows, depending on shift:

Between the Hours of 8am to 8pm (Mondays to Fridays) - Basic Pay, with a 10% uplift
Between the Hours of 9am to 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays) - Basic Pay (+25%)
All other hours (Weekdays and Weekends) - Basic Pay (+50%)

In addition to this, junior doctors will receive -

A) A weekend allowance, paid according to the number of weekends they work, up to 10% of their basic pay for doctors that work one weekend in two.
B) An on-call allowance, and pay for work undertaken while on call.
C) Additional influence over safe working guardians, and a targeted accelerated learning scheme for junior doctors returning from prolonged absence (i.e. maternity)

The Government is committed to these terms for the next five years.

The package is cost neutral, and will reduce the cost of rostering a full service at the weekend for hospitals by between 15 and 20%.

This Government has made a large stride towards a full seven day week NHS.
William Johnson
Minister of State for Health (2016 - )
MP for Surrey Heath - Conservative (2010 - )
Member of the Bow Group


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Mr. Speaker,

It is relieving to see that our physicians in training will be receiving a pay raise commensurate with the great service these professionals provide to our country.

I would just like to receive some clarification as to some of the points that the Minister addressed. Obviously, limiting the amount of hours our junior doctors work per week is critical for the safety of both patients and the doctors themselves. Can the Minister elaborate on the "additional influence over safe working guardians", and how these guardians have changed since the previous contract?
Ralph Chester, Labour (Socialist Campaign Group)
Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby (2005-Present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Public Services (2016-Present)
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Mr Speaker,

I am glad to see that the Government is leading the way in providing our medical professionals in-training the pay raise that they need to perform their vital service for this country's people. I would ask, if the right honourable gentleman could elaborate on the cost-neutrality of this plan. What other spending adjustments or cost offsets have been made in order to deliver this pay raise?
The Rt Hon. Amanda Folkestone, MP
Secretary of State for Public Services (2016-present)
Member of Parliament for Bath (2010-present)
Conservative and Unionist Party | Bow Group
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(08-08-2018, 09:24 PM)Ralph Chester Wrote: Mr. Speaker,

It is relieving to see that our physicians in training will be receiving a pay raise commensurate with the great service these professionals provide to our country.

I would just like to receive some clarification as to some of the points that the Minister addressed. Obviously, limiting the amount of hours our junior doctors work per week is critical for the safety of both patients and the doctors themselves. Can the Minister elaborate on the "additional influence over safe working guardians", and how these guardians have changed since the previous contract?

Mr. Speaker,

I thank the Right Honorable Gentleman for his question.

Junior Doctors have raised the concern that the boards of selection for guardians has had potentially too much influence from senior management as opposed to the doctors themselves.  The previous board ratio was 50-50.  This Government agrees with this concern.  Under the new agreement, the ratio will be corrected to favor Junior Doctors by 2-1.  This means that the Junior Doctors will have a much greater influence on the hiring of guardians.
William Johnson
Minister of State for Health (2016 - )
MP for Surrey Heath - Conservative (2010 - )
Member of the Bow Group


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Mr. Speaker,

I thank the Minister for his insightful answer. I would also be very interested to hear a response to the question posed by the honorable member from Bath.

Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, while we dwell on this topic, I'd like to address salary plans for other NHS workers. While our junior physicians have gotten the raise they deserve, a large portion of NHS employees are still subject to the 1% cap in pay increases implemented by the Cameron government. Does the Government plan raise this cap at any point in the future, and begin to give these employees raises which, at the very least, correspond to rates of inflation?
Ralph Chester, Labour (Socialist Campaign Group)
Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby (2005-Present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Public Services (2016-Present)
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(08-08-2018, 10:35 PM)Amanda Folkestone Wrote: Mr Speaker,

I am glad to see that the Government is leading the way in providing our medical professionals in-training the pay raise that they need to perform their vital service for this country's people. I would ask, if the right honourable gentleman could elaborate on the cost-neutrality of this plan. What other spending adjustments or cost offsets have been made in order to deliver this pay raise?

Mr. Speaker,

In response to the question raised by my Honorable Friend, I can say that based on a careful study by the civil service, the plan is cost neutral when compared to the previous contract we imposed on the Junior Doctors for the 2016 Budget. There are no other spending adjustments required if we compare to that baseline.

(08-09-2018, 05:55 PM)Ralph Chester Wrote: Mr. Speaker,

I thank the Minister for his insightful answer. I would also be very interested to hear a response to the question posed by the honorable member from Bath.

Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, while we dwell on this topic, I'd like to address salary plans for other NHS workers. While our junior physicians have gotten the raise they deserve, a large portion of NHS employees are still subject to the 1% cap in pay increases implemented by the Cameron government. Does the Government plan raise this cap at any point in the future, and begin to give these employees raises which, at the very least, correspond to rates of inflation?

Mr. Speaker,

In response to the Right Honorable Gentleman, this Government will certainly be consulting on this matter.  It is my desire, and the desire of this Government, to fairly compensate all NHS employees to the extent that finances allow.  I can say that the department will be reviewing ways in which we can more efficiently use the resources entrusted to us,  but the Right Honorable Gentleman will understand that such discussions are in their early stages.  The situation with Junior Doctors was the most pressing situation.
William Johnson
Minister of State for Health (2016 - )
MP for Surrey Heath - Conservative (2010 - )
Member of the Bow Group


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Mr. Speaker,

I'd like to thank the Minister for his swift response, and request that gentleman keep this House updated on the progress of this consultation. I will certainly inquire again regarding this matter at a later date if there is little development on the issue in the coming months. Overall, I understand the urgency of this situation regarding our Junior Doctors, and I am thankful that this dispute was settled amicably
Ralph Chester, Labour (Socialist Campaign Group)
Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby (2005-Present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Public Services (2016-Present)
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Mr Speaker

We welcome this news that the dispute has been resolved and that the government has finally listened to the concerns of the BMA and our junior doctors. The Labour party support the principle of a 7 day NHS but the government must ensure that this plaan is backed up with fully costed and resourced plans.

A 7 day NHS is not just a matter of more junior doctors it is matter of an expansion of the workforce and funding far beyond what this ministry or the previous secretary of state for Health has outlined

The fact of the matter is there are just not enough doctors available to run a seven-day service at the moment. We all want to provide better patient care but to provide a seven-day service in our hospitals we need more doctors at all levels, more nurses too, more auxillaries. We also need pharmacists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists working at weekends as well, we will need more support staff. We will need staff beyond the front line in support roles both medical and adminitrative.

Unless new funding is announced across the NHS it will continue is slide towards breaking point.
William Flanagan
Leader of the Labour Party
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and Regions
MP for Scunthorpe 2010 - Present
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Shadow Secretary of State for Public Services 2016


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(08-09-2018, 06:15 PM)Ralph Chester Wrote: Mr. Speaker,

I'd like to thank the Minister for his swift response, and request that gentleman keep this House updated on the progress of this consultation. I will certainly inquire again regarding this matter at a later date if there is little development on the issue in the coming months. Overall, I understand the urgency of this situation regarding our Junior Doctors, and I am thankful that this dispute was settled amicably

Mr. Speaker,

I thank the Right Honorable Gentleman for his forebearance, and I pledge that I will notify this House of developments regarding compensation for other NHS professionals

(08-10-2018, 07:32 AM)William Flanagan Wrote: Mr Speaker

We welcome this news that the dispute has been resolved and that the government has finally listened to the concerns of the BMA and our junior doctors. The Labour party support the principle of a 7 day NHS but the government must ensure that this plaan is backed up with fully costed and resourced plans.

A 7 day NHS is not just a matter of more junior doctors it is matter of an expansion of the workforce and funding far beyond what this ministry or the previous secretary of state for Health has outlined

The fact of the matter is there are just not enough doctors available to run a seven-day service at the moment. We all want to provide better patient care but to provide a seven-day service in our hospitals we need more doctors at all levels, more nurses too, more auxillaries. We also need pharmacists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists working at weekends as well, we will need more support staff. We will need staff beyond the front line in support roles both medical and adminitrative.

Unless new funding is announced across the NHS it will continue is slide towards breaking point.


Mr. Speaker,

In response to the Right Honorable Gentleman, the the Leader of the Opposition, I can say that this Government is committed to the 7 day NHS and is continually working towards that end.  The agreement I announced is one step, an important step, in that direction.
William Johnson
Minister of State for Health (2016 - )
MP for Surrey Heath - Conservative (2010 - )
Member of the Bow Group


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I thank the Minister for his statement, the House shall now consider other business.
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