THE fact that some doctors in West Yorkshire fear the very future of the NHS is on the line over plans for a new junior doctor contract, is cause for alarm.
There are concerns, too, that Leeds’s reputation as a medical education hub is also under threat if the Government goes ahead with proposed changes to the contract.
The British Medical Association (BMA), the doctors’ union, claim the changes scrap safeguards to prevent junior doctors from working excessive hours.
The planned changes have met with anger and dismay among both junior doctors and medics with decades of experience in Yorkshire.
The fact that 780 junior doctors are intending to protest against the Government in Leeds city centre later this month, shows just how angry they are.
Some junior doctors are even considering a change of career because they are worried about making mistakes due to exhaustion.
Surely this cannot be right?
The Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to create a “Seven day NHS” so that patients can get the same level of care no matter what day of the week it is.
That is all very well and good, but it must be paid for properly.
Expecting even more from our already hard-working doctors and medics is not the answer.