VIDEO: Cornish Junior Doctor: "I Will Be Paying To Go To Work"
6:09am 12th January 2016
(Updated 6:09am 12th January 2016)
A St Agnes mum has told Pirate FM new contracts for junior doctors would mean she will end up paying to go to work.
Natasha Houghan claims she will earn around 25% less because she will not get payment protection.
40,000 across the UK are striking over the government plans for a seven day NHS. It is after talks with unions broke down.
Natasha said: "I will be paying to go to work, because the cost of my childcare will be more than my wages.
"I won't be protected by this payment protection that David Cameron keeps talking about. For me, when the new contract comes through, if it does, in August, I will receive about a 25% pay cut.
"I'm happy with my wages and have never asked for a pay rise.
"This is all about a pay cut and excess working hours that the government is trying to impose upon on.
"So, when August comes and, if this contract does go ahead, it will have significant implications on my family and working life."
David Cameron says the walk out will be "damaging" to patients. He warned: "We will do everything we can to mitigate the effects but you can not have a strike of this scale in our NHS without it causing real difficulties for patients - and potentially worse."
Treliske says it expects most of its out patient appointments to carry on as normal, despite already being on black alert.
But it is facing the strike on the day inspectors return - after ordering the hospital to make improvements.
One mum of three Pirate FM spoke to in Camborne called the strike: "Absolutely disgusting." She said: "Children need the healthcare and with junior doctors striking how are we supposed to help our children? If I can't take them to the doctor what can I possibly do?"
Watch more of Natasha's story here...
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