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BMA 'considering all options' in response to junior doctor contract imposition

The BMA has said junior doctors ‘would consider all options’ in response to Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose a contract which representatives say junior doctors ‘cannot and will not accept’.

In a statement, BMA junior doctor committee chair Dr Johann Malawana said the Government had rejected an affordable offer put forward by the BMA, and instead choosing to ‘plough ahead with proposals that are fundamentally unfair’.

He says that seven day services were a ‘political fight’ for the Government, rather than a negotiation and warns that the decision to impose leaves the BMA ‘in no doubt’ they will seek to do the same for other professions.

Echoing the response of shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander, Dr Malawana said the decision to impose a contract was a sign of ‘total failure’ by the Government.

He added: ‘It is notable that the rest of the UK has chosen a different, constructive path on junior doctors’ contracts.’

Dr Malawana said: ‘The Government’s shambolic handling of this process from start to finish has totally alienated a generation of junior doctors – the hospital doctors and GPs of the future, and there is a real risk that some will vote with their feet.

‘Our message to the Government is clear: junior doctors cannot and will not accept a contract that is bad for the future of patient care, the profession and the NHS as a whole, and we will consider all options open to us.’

Mr Hunt had said in a statement to Parliament: ’Following the election, which the government won with a clear manifesto commitment to a 7-day NHS, the BMA Junior Doctors Committee refused point blank to discuss reforms, instead choosing to ballot for industrial action.

’Talks did finally start with the ACAS process in November but since then we have had 2 damaging strikes with around 6,000 operations cancelled.’

Readers' comments (52)

  • @ 1:38. Agree, work to rule.

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  • The only thing to do now is an all out rolling strike for one day per month. Plenty of advance warning and repeat at monthly intervals. We may lose a lot of the public support, but that doesn't matter. We do not need the public's support. Things have gone far too far. Enough is enough.

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  • Why is no-one asking the question who in their right minds rejects a 13.5% pay rise??

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  • Throw out the dummy perhaps?
    BMA have not done very well here have they?

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  • Took Early Retirement

    "Why is no-one asking the question who in their right minds rejects a 13.5% pay rise?? "

    Because, as any GP will tell you, they won't get another for at least 10 + years; the argument being, "Well you had such a big rise in 2016" . Or are you just a troll?

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  • 13.5%? When it was 11% it was to be cost-neutral - i.e. funded out of the current wage bill. Where is the pay rise there?

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  • The legal option for BMA

    On unsafe long hours - tired stressed unsupervised juniors, the GMC should ensure each NHS trust ensures safe hours and limits hours worked each week. The GMC has a legal remit to protect the public (not the doctors). The BMA has to protect its members.

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  • "Joe McGilligan11 Feb 2016 3:29pm

    Why is no-one asking the question who in their right minds rejects a 13.5% pay rise?? "

    Because this is fundamentally not about pay. Its about patient safety. Its about not allowing a clueless government implement pointless changes that will harm patients. They could be offering a 400% pay rise, and this 7 day NHS would still be problematic if its going to be implemented on a shoestring, without proper planning, and without a good basis in reality.

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  • Can it be lawful for the NHS to impose new contracts on existing junior doctors? I know that technically each foundation trust is a separate employer, but this is merely a fig leaf, surely. In fact they form a ring within a single employer: the NHS. That being so, don't the rules of continuing employment apply? whereby a series of short contracts is seen de facto as one continuous employment, and the employer convenience of breaking this into several continuous short contracts has no legal standing.

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  • Any juniors reading this or young guns (as opposed to cardigans)

    the UK system of fabian social democracy combined with some neo stalinism has failed!! You are being made scapegoats for the failure of austerity. Your future is indentured servitude with all that was once good being removed...... UK junior doctors now and younger professionals in medicine have had their futures stolen. The squeezed middle classes are being penurised because the elite gangster banksters don't want to share the pie!!

    If you're born after 1985 you are the first post war generation to have a lower standard of living. You will have to pay more in taxes, work for much longer and for much less. You will leave university with more debt and will spend a far greater proportion of your income getting the basics such as a roof over your head that you can call your home.


    The UK is bankrupt both financially and morally. For the sakes of your future, you're families and children (many of whom wont have even been born yet)

    ditch the country comrades!!!!

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