As well as changes to the economy at large, doctors are primed to expect transitions closer to home. There is some suggestion that working hours could change. The European Working Time Directive which has limited the working week to 48 hours since 1998 could be reformed when the UK leaves the EU. It has been unpopular with some specialties because it limits training.
Negotiations into amending the consultant contract started in 2013 and have yet to be finalised. The latest talks in March focussed on the government’s desire to remove the consultant ‘opt out’ for weekend duties in a bid to move to seven-day working. There could be less protection against longer hours without the Working Time Directive in place.
Similarly, will the new government still choose to impose the amended junior doctors’ contract?
Possibly the biggest test that medical professions may face is one of staffing. With current shortages proving difficult, NHS colleagues may be concerned that the situation could become worse if EU nationals lose the right to work in UK healthcare roles.
Many questions remain as to the how the UK will fare in the face of major economic and political change over the next few years. The best way to be confident in your own security within the present volatile climate is to ensure you are on top of every financial matter that you can control.
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