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Junior doctors accuse education bosses of showing bias towards Government

The BMA junior doctors committee has reported growing complaints from members about the perceived pro-Government bias shown by Health Education England, which claims to be impartial in the contract dispute.

JDC chair Dr Johann Malawana wrote to HEE chief executive Professor Ian Cumming, following the education leader’s warning to hospital trusts that they could have funding for training removed if they deviated from the Government’s imposed contract.

In his letter to the trusts, Professor Cumming singled out junior doctors in criticising examples of negative conduct on social media during the dispute.

But Dr Malawana replied that this demonstrated HEE’s lack of impartiality.

He wrote: ‘Many of the juniors for whom you have a responsibility have been subject to considerable criticism, and it has been a pity that no visible defence of the profession was extended by HEE.

‘It is unfortunate that you seem to feel unwilling or unable to take a genuinely impartial role. If you cannot do so, however, we would prefer that you refrain from claiming a pretence of impartiality, and at least treat junior doctors with the respect of a more honest relationship.’

This comes as the terms for the independent review of junior doctor’s morale were released.

The review was announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt after he revealed he would impose his new contract, and will be led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges chair Professor Dame Sue Bailey.

The terms of reference say it is ’unacceptable that junior doctors do not feel well supported by their employers and valued by the NHS’, and will make recommendations to improve junior doctors’ wellbeing and improve support.

However, it will not extend to matters of pay or terms and conditions of service.



Readers' comments (8)

  • "independent review of junior doctor’s morale were released......will not extend to matters of pay or terms and conditions of service" - more Orwellian nonsense.

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  • Yes - I know you've got Cancer and that we have decided to ignore it but we are going to give our fullest possible attention to your verucca

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  • this is not good - the nhs is effectively alienating the very people it needs to function.

    doctors see patients not managers or staff from Quangos. the impression is that HEE, CQC etc are cosying up to the state as they want to keep their own T&Cs. unfortunately if doctors go there will be no role for such quangos (not a bad thing!)

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  • Vinci Ho

    What does a subordinate do?
    Feed on the emperor's rewards , take care of all his 'worries and concern'. Forget about virtues , lock own soul away . Scholar or not? No difference.

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  • Mr Hunt destroys you morale by forcing the contract on juniors. Then he tells the parliament the doctors are demoralised and we will have an inquiry. But is not due to me or my action!!!!

    A man of spin, deceit, guile, hypocrisy, trickery insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

    Words cannot explain what come out of Mr Hunt’s mouth.

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  • Vinci Ho

    And when you are serving a head of a government who was as 'cheap and low ' as this when confronting his opponent :

    "I think I know what my mother would say. I think she would look across the despatch box and she would say 'Put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem'

    Even though you do not support the opponent , do you still feel you can face your reflection in your mirror ??

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  • Vinci Ho

    As I ask you before, Nigel, somebody should interview PM's mother and ask her opinions about the seven days NHS.....

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  • Why should doctors work worse hours in more irregular shifts which upset sleeping and energy patterns significantly as they are so random. We are humans. Our bodies are affected as much as anyone else. If we have to work mornings then nights then mornings then nights etc....our diurnal rhythem will be up the creek. It makes people ill. So not only will doctors have a pay cut and worse random weekend hours but also worse health.
    Then again how are doctors with children meant to find the extra money to pay babysitters for the worse more random hours???? What ever the doctors work, the baby sitter will too and their work schedules will be hugely random, and what babysitter will do this?? I have never found one so flexable.
    People who manage doctors need to realise the damage to health, family relations and lives these ridiculous shifts cause. Why when it costs more money to work these hours are doctors getting less????
    I changed years ago to a specility which had fewer on call hours after getting physically exhausted with on call but now I have left the profession.
    It will not take long before others walk too if managers/doctors bosses are so obviously biased.

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