The BMA has hit out at NHS Employers for refusing to discuss how junior doctors could be helped to cope with the financial implications of the loss of free hospital accommodation.

From August 2008, junior doctors will no longer be entitled to free hospital accommodation in their first year after leaving medical school. This BMA estimates this will cost many an estimated£4,800 per year.

The BMA has written to the government asking ministers to intervene and has organised a series of peaceful protests outside teaching hospitals. Further action is pl anned for later in the summer.