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BBC News, BBC Radio London & LBC Junior Doctors' contract offer

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Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health commented on BBC News at Ten about Jeremy Hunt's 11% pay rise offer & new contracts for Junior Doctors. Julia pointed out that many public sector workers who do unsocial hours/weekends will be questioning why it should be different for Doctors. Julia also spoke to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London & Nick Ferrari on LBC.

BBC Radio London

Vanessa asked Julia if she thought the Health Secretary or the Junior Doctors were more accurate in the debate over contracts and salary? Julia noted that the governement were advised by the NHS Pay Review Body to offer a 14-15% pay rise but instead offered 11%. She pointed out that the NHS is reported to be 2billion in debt so questions how the debt and increased spending will be funded and believes taxpayers should be more involved in decisions about the NHS.

LBC

Nick asked if Jeremy Hunt's 11% pay rise offer was a good deal? Julia pointed out that the question should be considered within the bigger picture of what the NHS can afford, and the taxpayers who fund the public sector. Julia believes to a degree that a 7 day NHS does exist for emergency care but not so within the wider healthcare community. She believes Junior Doctors would have the assumption of generous pay rises during their career and noted how the BMA have fought hard for their members to meet the high expectations for salary and contract changes.