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“Flash car, fancy food, handcrafted clothes” Junior doctors hit back at ‘Moet medics’ claims with hilarious tweets

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Striking junior doctors have hit back at the suggestion they enjoy an easy life with a storm of hilarious tweets.

The tweets, under the hashtag #MoetMedics, come in response to a Sun article which claimed that many junior doctors enjoy "champagne-swilling lavish lifestyles" - and so shouldn't feel entitled to strike. 

Au contraire, say the junior doctors: their lives are, actually, pretty damn ordinary, with not a magnum of champagne in sight. 

Sabrina tweeted: "Is now a bad time to admit I take a shower once a day, with soap? That soap came from @waitrose #moetmedics".

Another doctor posted: "Mandatory exams are such an extravagance I don't know how I'll justify it!"

Junior doctors across the UK walked out of work this morning, protesting government proposals which they say will see their pay cut by up to 30 per cent. 

 

So why are they striking?

The protest is the first "all out" strike by medics in the history of the NHS. And it all boils down to a row over the Government's proposals to change junior doctors’ contracts.

The new contracts would see junior doctors have their pay cut by up to 30 per cent, according to the British Medical Association. The junior doctors’ union announced it was withdrawing from talks with the government in August, saying the proposals were "unfair”, and voted to strike with a majority of 98 per cent in November. 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed that basic pay would actually rise by 11 per cent under the new proposals, and that only one per cent of junior doctors would see cuts to their salary.

But junior doctors argue that the increase in basic pay won’t increase their actual earnings: it will just make up for other changes, such as the loss of evening and weekend overtime. They fear they will end up working more hours for less, particularly because a safeguarding system that prevents doctors working unsafe hours is to be scrapped. 

 

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