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The waiting game

BMA to consult junior doctors on 'next steps'

The BMA junior doctors committee is looking at what 'next steps' to take in the contract row, following the Government's announcement that it will be imposed.

Their statement comes in response to health secretary Jeremy Hunt's decision yesterday to push ahead with rolling out the contract despite the junior doctor referendum rejecting it.

Dr Ellen McCourt, who was appointed interim chair of the junior doctors committee after Dr Johann Malawana resigned earlier this week, said the imposition was 'extremely disappointing'.

She said: 'By choosing this route rather than building on progress made and addressing the outstanding issues which led to a rejection of the contract by many junior doctors, the Government is simply storing up problems for the future.

'A new contract will affect a generation of doctors and impact on the delivery of patient care. It needs to have the support of the profession and in light of today’s announcement the BMA will need to consult with members before deciding on next steps.'

She added that 'the BMA has always been clear in its desire for a negotiated end to this dispute' and that she was 'committed to delivering on this'.

Junior doctors rejected the contract offer by 58% of the vote, following six days of walkouts in protests over contract changes earlier in the year.


Readers' comments (5)

  • Simple answer is you have to look /fend for yourself. Don't be like us Gps by simply nodding yes to all of government moves. Forget public opinion, it sways which ever way wind blows. Try indefinite strike maybe without involving a&e initially, the government will come to its knees. Although be prepared for the the government lies and spins. Unless u r united unlike us,u r doomed, whole of nhs is.. That's what the government wants

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  • Another option is not to sign the contract and if possible locum,take time out, go abroad for 6 months, work in a non NHS Junior Doctor role etc they cant function with staffing levels beyond a critical level.

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  • Work to rule and withdraw the goodwill that is the sole factor which currently ensures that the NHS works at all.

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  • Just doing sign the darned contract. Call the managements bluff at a local level. What can they do? Sack you and create another rota gap? Then locum yourself through a personal service company (corporation tax to fall to 15%) and smile sweetly every time the same HR wallah that sacked you signs your time sheet. Remember who wags the tail here.

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  • next steps ...

    1. declare contract unsafe and that junior doctors can not guarantee appropriate patient care
    2. recommend doctors seek alternative employment (locum, emigrate, career break, change career, private,research etc)
    3. put in place help for juniors to achieve step 2.

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