Junior doctors across west London have hit out at Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for imposing a contract they claim is unsafe and could force them to leave the NHS .
On Thursday (February 11), the South West Surrey MP confirmed he will impose a new seven-day contract on junior doctors in the NHS.
Michael Quail, a junior doctor at Royal Brompton in Chelsea
"We are just really disappointed, it sets a very dangerous precedent for workers in the public sector that government can impose whatever terms of work that they like.
"Anyone can now have their terms and conditions unilaterally imposed.
"People already feel stretched in the working they’re doing at the moment. Now we’re being told Saturday is must another normal day.
"I sometimes feel demoralised, especially when I’m told my time is not valued and they are imposing contracts without coming to an agreement."
"There are few jobs more rewarding than to help people and to make a positive difference to their lives.
"But if you’re just starting out you may feel demoralised. People will consider doing something else or going somewhere."
Sean Morris, a junior doctor at Ealing Hospital
"I think we still have to resolve the issue of fair pay and we still have to resolve the issue with safety.
"The government should stop playing politics and start putting patients first."
Ravi Ganepola, junior doctor in his second year at Ealing Hospital
"I am concerned really that he has just lied and there are a number of claims that are factually inaccurate.
"I was just taken aback really.
"I'm just deeply disappointed in him choosing to play politics ahead of the wellbeing of people who work in the NHS and its patients."
Selena Knight, a junior doctor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
"I am hugely disappointed in the health secretary's decision to impose the contract with no further negotiation.
"It feels as though he has not listened to our concerns and is taking a heavy handed approach.
"I want to work in a health service where I am appreciated, and where the hard work, effort and energy I put into my work is recognised.
"I cannot continue doing all this for no return, and the recent news feels like a stab in the back. I will probably look to move and work abroad.
"I have many medical colleagues who have already or are planning to move to Australia, New Zealand, and other countries where they are paid more, work fewer hours and feel appreciated in their work.
"I think many will resign and pursue non-medical careers or will move abroad, when otherwise faced with two to nince years of this new contract, and beyond that an uncertain consultant contract."