Daily Mail

Doctors want £262 an hour for strike cover

- By Isaan Khan

SENIOR doctors are demanding up to £262 an hour to provide emergency cover for junior colleagues during their three-day walkout this month.

The British Medical Associatio­n (BMA) is suggesting consultant­s ask for £15 an hour, rising to £262 for night shifts. This is three times their basic pay.

Junior doctors are scheduled to strike from March 13 to 16 in a row over pay and conditions.

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer said health bosses’ sympathy for the plight of doctors was being ‘eroded’ by the consultant­s’ demands. He added: ‘If their dispute is with the Government with regards to both pay and pensions, it seems unreasonab­le to act without first seeking any kind of agreement with employers.’

BMA consultant­s committee chairman Dr Vishal Sharma said: ‘These rates reflect the market value of doctors’ work.’

About 40 per cent of the medical workforce is classed as a junior doctor.

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