Figure was given out of context
Madam –I write in relation to the article 'New Croke Park deal to see Cabinet take pay cut' (Sunday Independent, February 24, 2013). A small section of it needs to be clarified.
The "source" who states that 4,000 junior doctors amassed €166m between them really is annoying. As a junior doctor who provides round-the-clock care, 24/7, 365 days of the year, I can tell you that it is not as black and white as that. The amount of overtime reflects the malfunctioning system that bullies us to do 56-hour continuous work shifts, for days in a row. With a Government that is more concerned with its overtime bill than the safety of patients and doctors, it is no surprise this "source" has given this information, but doesn't clarify its context.
Should we abide by our contract, which gives us a 48-hour week, a one-in-five call rota, and a maximum of 24 hours on call on site, hospitals would come to a standstill.