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Hunt orders independent review of trainees' morale

The health secretary has commissioned an independent review of junior doctor’s morale, training and support, following yesterday’s contract imposition.

Jeremy Hunt said it was ‘paramount’ that we look at issues of junior doctors’ morale, and that Professor Dame Sue Bailey, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, will look at relationships between trainees and their employers, and how they’re affected by short placements.

But GP training leaders have said that trainees are predominantly demoralised by Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the contract that will classify Saturdays as regular working hours. 

It comes as the chair of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, Dr Johann Malawana, today urged trainees to request urgent meetings with their hospital’s chief executives to discuss the realities of the contract imposition.

The secretary of state says the contract contains significant concessions on the original proposal backed by the Department of Health and NHS Employers but was rejected by the BMA on Tuesday ahead of a second day of strike action.

Mr Hunt said on appointing Professor Bailey: ’It is paramount that we address the deep-seated issues relating to junior doctors’ morale, wellbeing and quality of life.

’Providing a fair, safe contract is one element of that but it is vitally important that doctors get additional support around training and education, working conditions and flexible holiday that enables them to achieve their full potential, and values them for the dedication they give to patients and the NHS.’

The review will look at:

  • Relationships between junior doctors and their employers, and how they’re affected by short placements;
  • Relationships between hospitals and their doctors and their senior medical colleagues, and the impact on their career development;
  • The impact of workload pressures on juniors ability to take up training opportunities;
  • Working environments, facilities and bullying;
  • Flexibility around annual leave and notice periods ahead of future placements.

But GP representatives have said the imposition itself could further worsen recruitment to general practice and that the imposition had left trainees ‘demoralised’.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the GPC’s education, training and workforce subcommittee, told Pulse: ‘There is little doubt that GP trainees will, like other junior doctors, be demoralised by the imposition of this unfair contract.

‘This is bound to have a direct impact on GP trainee numbers. It is time for the government to stop burying its head in the sand and listen to the concerns of tens of thousands of junior doctors who are the backbone of our health service.’

Meanwhile, representatives from action group GP Survival have called for the RCGP to discuss with GP registrars considering resignation how their training attainment could be preserved, or their options for returning.

Dr Zoe Norris told Pulse: ‘GP registrars, like all juniors are prepared to take the next step if needed – whether that’s further strike action or looking at resignations.’

She added: ‘We would like the RCGPs to come out and say that, in the event that juniors did resign from their training they would still recognise that training.’

A petition set up yesterday calling for Mr Hunt to reverse his decision and return to meaningful negotiations has attracted 65,000 signatures, more than half way to the 100,000 required to be considered for a parliamentary debate.

Readers' comments (40)

  • Only somebody with well-developed sociopathic tendencies could have the snake skin to begin to think this is reasonable. The man needs long term help.
    Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    This would be risible were it not pure evil.

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  • Hahaha you just couldn't make this up!

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  • If you are YOUNG and in the UK you must realise you have ZERO FUTURE.

    YOU will be required to work for less, pay higher taxes and work until your drop dead. Yes the retirement age is mooted for 68 but in a few more years they will raise it past 70 and then even higher......

    And there probably wont be a nice tax free lump sump for you like the cardigans are getting now.

    Sooner or later you will have to face the PAINFUL REALISATION that you are being made scapegoats for the greed of those that came before you. The truth may hurt and shock you but its still the truth. You are turkeys being lined up for the abattoir, and those that run the profession have absolutely ZERO INTEREST in your futures. All they care about is biding their time until they can exit the system and live off the fruits of your efforts on their generous pensions.

    At best if you have another professional spouse you will live a comfortable life. However its unlikely you will be able to purchase in the leafy suburbs like the cardigans were able to.

    If you have children and wish to educate them privately then that will be your lot. And so like a rat on a treadmill they will keep you working in this poisonous despicable system keeping you down with the thought police GMC and CQC as well as you remaining in a constant state of FEAR AND DEFEAT due to the ever present threat of a vexatious complaint.

    Its time to face facts comrades the UK has no future for you....its over...its finished and if you think otherwise you ought to have a liason psychiatrist look at you for your own safety.....


    Its time for you to use the talents and high IQ kind providence blessed you with AND FIGHT BACK!!!

    LEAVE THE CARDIGANS TO ROT IN RETIREMENT AND GIVE THEM A 2 FINGERED SALUTE AS YOU EXIT THESE TOXIC SHORES FOR A LIFE OF RILEY ABROAD.....YES YOU TO CAN FIND YOUR NICHE IN THIS WONDERFUL PLANET FREE FROM THE FILTH YOU ARE CURRENTLY ENDURING!!!!!

    THERE ARE MANY LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE THAT WANT YOU, NEED YOU AND RESPECT YOU. THEY ARE WILLING TO ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET FOR TALENTED INDIVIDUALS AND WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!! YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DESTINY AND REMEMBER ONCE AGAIN WHAT IT FEELS TO BE A REAL DOCTOR AND NOT A WHIPPING BOY (OR GIRL--- MUSNT' BE SEXIST NOW)


    IF YOUR READING THIS I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, I FEEL YOUR PAIN, BUT REMEMBER THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN A LIFE HALF LIVED AND DREAMS UNFULFILLED!!!

    DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES!!!!!!!!!! ITS NOW OR NEVER!!!!!

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  • http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/13/gp-surgeries-london-planning-to-shut#com

    "One in five GP surgeries in London may close within three years."
    RCGP/DR M BAKER PLEASE ASK MR HUNT WE ALSO NEED AN URGENT REVIEW ON WHY GP MORALE IS AT TIME LOW!

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  • Like it or not, many surgeries need to close. The CQCs real job was to determine if there was any hope for general practice. We failed as a profession=execute plan get rid of GP.

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  • just to empahsise the point. Check out the link to the following story.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/14/junior-doctors-jeremy-hunt-conservatives-event-fareham?


    Tory activists have prevented doctors from attending a social evening with Jeremy hunt. People who were in attendance were only allowed to be present if they could convince others that those with them were not doctors.

    Pure lies and fascism.

    This is what you are dealing with and you still think you have a future in the uk???


    Doctors are pariahs and will not be listened to.

    I have never seen anything so cunning and manipulative. The evening had allegedly been cancelled and then quietly moved to another location instead by some of the people that represent the party you are dealing with.



    DONT WAIT TO DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE AT THE NEXT ELECTION AND BALLOT BOX. VOTE WITH YOUR FEET COMRADES

    DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES!!!

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  • Whatever next from our politicians???

    Who will they ban next from social events???

    Will it be people with a different skin colour??

    will it be people who follow a different religion

    Will people next be singled out because of their sexuality????

    DARK DAYS INDEED WHEN CHANGES THAT WERN'T EVEN DEMOCRATICALLY MANDATED (H&SC ACT) WERE PUSHED THROUGH PARLIAMENT LEAD TO CURRENT EVENTS SUCH AS THIS........NO REASONABLE DEBATE JUST FORCE EVERYTHING THOUGH ON A WHIM AND REFUSE TO DEBATE BOTH PUBLICLY AND PRIVATELY WITH THOSE THAT THESE CHANGES WILL EFFECT!!!!

    If ever there were a time the profession really needed to unite then this must be it!!!!

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  • ha ha crafty little $h!T. just what is needed an independent review

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  • Alice in Wonderland

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