EJD Policies & Statements

Motion of support: Solidarity and support for doctors in communal hospitals in Germany fighting for better working conditions

European Junior Doctors’ Association (EJD) expresses solidarity and support for doctors in communal hospitals in Germany, fighting for better working conditions. After several lengthy negotiation rounds with the employers’ association of the communal hospitals, almost no significant progress has been made.

The Marburger Bund therefore prepared industrial actions. European Junior Doctors’ Association supports Marburger Bund’s demands that are focused on improving working conditions, especially the following demands:

  • proper time-recording which cannot be manipulated. Time recording has to start and end at the hospital door;
  • at least two free weekends (from Friday 6:00 p.m. to Monday 7:00 a.m.) per month;
  • an earlier announcement of rosters (six weeks in advance) and financial compensation for physicians if rosters are changed by the employer at short notice;
  • an upper limit for on-call duties on-site (within a calendar week, within a calendar month and within a calendar quarter);
  • no regular work after an on-call duty on-site;
  • supplementary payment for on-call duties.

The high participation rate of predominately young physicians in the actions impressively demonstrates how vast the dissatisfaction with the current working conditions is.

European Junior Doctors’ Association urges the employers’ association of the communal hospitals to make a reasonable offer. Marburger Bund has EJD’s full support and solidarity in its struggle for better working conditions.

Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the Event of a “No Deal” Brexit

With over 2,000 non-UK EEA nationals currently studying medicine in the UK, we call on European governments and competent authorities to take the necessary measures to facilitate the timely registration of UK qualified doctors/EU citizens seeking to practise in continental Europe in the event of a “No Deal” Brexit. In addition to helping promote professional mobility across Europe, it is quite simply the humane course of action to take; students, be they EEA or UK nationals, who took up places in British medical schools in good faith pre-Brexit do not deserve to be penalised due to the actions of politicians.​

Statement on the Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law

The European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) welcomes the proposed directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law. We support this initiative to improve the safety of individuals as the current legislation is insufficient, with most member states without legislative protection for “whistle blowers”.

Statement on Free Movement of Junior Doctors in EU/EEA


 EJD supports the principle of free movement and the attendant legislation, such as the mutual recognition of professional qualifications that facilitate junior doctors’ right to work across Europe. Without prejudice to this view, the EJD strongly believes that such professional migration should not result from significant discrepancies between the working conditions – salary, post-graduate training, work load and working hours – in different countries, nor be prohibited by unjust contractual obligations. The European institutions and member states must take the necessary steps to tackle such inequalities, and improve the standards of healthcare provision across Europe. 

Statement to welcome the decision to reverse the erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Gaba from the UK medical register

The European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) welcomes the decision to reverse the erasure of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Gaba from the UK medical register. This decision does not diminish the tragic and unexpected death of the patient involved and we continue to send our condolences to his family.

Statement to support members of the Turkish Medical Association

Brussels, January 2018

The European Junior Doctors Association sends support and solidarity to Turkish colleagues and in particular Council members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) who were arrested on 30th January 2018.

Physicians, like other citizens, have the fundamental right to freedom of speech and to alert Governments and other decision makers of the long-term health consequences
of war. Indeed as physicians our duty is to protect public health, and war is a major public health hazard.

Statement of Support for Polish Doctors

Brussels, October 2017

In the beginning of October, a number of junior doctors in Poland went on a hunger protest over insufficient healthcare funding, insufficient wages and poor working conditions. Over the whole month the situation erupted into a national discussion with all major medical workers unions joining the protest, and demanding an urgent increase of healthcare funding in Poland, which is currently one of the lowest in Europe.

As the European Junior Doctors Association, we cannot be indifferent to healthcare problems anywhere in Europe and we express our strong support over actions taken by Porozumienie Rezydentów OZZL and all the medical workers in Poland.

Statement on Italian PGT

Brussels, September 2017

The European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group expresses its concern at the current situation regarding Italian Postgraduate Medical Education.
The long-standing shortage of postgraduate medical training contracts in Italian Medical Universities has created a situation whereby numerous junior doctors cannot find a job, or continue their specialty training.

Statement concerning protection and rights of JDs during pregnancy and parenthood

Rotterdam, May 2017

Pregnant doctors can be required to work in challenging situations, often working long hours and on-call through the night. Doctors can also face pregnancy-related discrimination concerning both salary and professional development. Some doctors find it difficult to raise these issues with their employer – either because they have temporary contracts, or because they are afraid of negative professional consequences.  

Statement of support for Turkish Doctors

Rotterdam, May 2017



During the state of emergency following the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, more than 50.000 state employees and 2.000 medical doctors, including 37 medical residents were sacked from state employment by different decrees.

The European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group strongly supports the Turkish junior doctors in their struggle for the constitutional right to complete their postgraduate training, without political or judicial obstacles.