The article [http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/10/jeremy-hunt-junior-doctors-nhs?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other] is wrong in saying, ‘Why should doctors be paid on an antiquated basis that encourages them to work absurdly long hours on weekdays rather than to make themselves available for weekend shifts?’ Doctors have no say in their rotas, which already provide for 7-day working. If there is anything lacking at weekends, it is ancillary services, not doctors. Essentially the government is asking doctors to work longer hours, with no safeguards against exploitation by those who fix the rotas – that is, the administrators – and at the same time confirming to the Treasury that ‘there will be no extra cost’. Tired doctors are a danger, not some imagined lack of their availability at weekends. To cut their salaries at the same time (as the increase in their basic salary does not compensate them for the loss of ‘banding’ overtime payments) is insulting, to say the least.

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