Junior doctors fight for equal rights during pregnancy


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group (EJD PWG) is calling for measures to protect the rights of junior doctors during pregnancy and parenthood.

The EJD PWG is advocating for working conditions that "promote a balance between career and family life". Working conditions must promote equal opportunities for postgraduate training and provide fair remuneration to employees during both pregnancy and parental leave, it says.

The organisation says junior doctors can face pregnancy-related discrimination in relation to both salary and professional development, but they often avoid raising these issues with employers either because they have temporary contracts or because they are afraid of negative professional consequences. In a statement, the group says there must be equal rights for doctors starting from early pregnancy and “to avoid discriminatory treatment, these rights should be formalised collectively in each country”.

It is calling for pregnant doctors to have the right not to work night shifts or on-call shifts, without negative consequences on salary or career progression. It also recommends that parents should have adequate parental leave with fair pay and options for flexible working, and should have the right to return to the same position after parental leave.