Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Medics Sleep in Tents for Housing Protest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Medics Sleep in Tents for Housing Protest

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Byline: ANNA DAVIS

JUNIOR doctors are going to sleep rough in London after their freehospital accommodation was scrapped.

A group of medics will set up tents near Regent's Park to demonstrate againstthe decision to charge them for staying in hospital flats.

Medical students from St George's University, UCL, King's and St Thomas'protested outside London hospitals last month against the decision which willleave them more than [pounds sterling]6,000 worse off.

Today doctors at the British Medical Association voted to push for a pay risefor junior doctors to make up for the loss. Free rooms for their first year inthe job have been provided since 1983, but this will be abolished in August inEngland and Scotland.

Ian Noble, chairman of the medical students committee, will sleep in a tentoutside the BMA's annual conference in Edinburgh tonight to launch the protest.He said: "Medical students feel betrayed by a government purporting toencourage the poorest in our society into university and particularly into themedical profession. …

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