The action is based on a claim for under-payment of wages for junior doctors. It is a claim to seek recovery of payment for the extensive unpaid overtime performed by doctors.
Lawyer Hayden Stephens said the no-win, no-fee class action could involve over 10,000 junior doctors, many of whom say they are worried about patient safety after being pressured to work unpaid overtime to the point of exhaustion.
“The widespread underpayment of junior doctors has occurred for at least six years and most likely longer under the watch of the NSW Department of Health and many of the State’s Local Health Districts,” Mr Stephens said.
“Junior doctors were also being underpaid because of NSW Health rostering and pay system errors.”
“Over half of NSW’s junior doctors have reported being concerned about making a clinical error due to fatigue caused by their working hours. And nearly half of junior doctors have reported being concerned about their personal health or safety due to fatigue caused by their working hours.”
“The unpaid wages we are seeking to recover should have been already budgeted for. As well as recovering wages, this is an opportunity for junior doctors to pursue best clinical practice without feeling stressed or threatened.”
“This class action is part of a broader call for improvement in the working conditions of junior doctors to allow them to provide optimal care to patients.”
A recent survey of doctors-in-training released this year by the Australian Medical Association (NSW) found:
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