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BMA and Government reopen junior doctor contract negotiations

BMA and Government officials have reopened negotiations of the junior doctor contract.

Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, chair of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, said the BMA would remain in dispute over the unilateral introduction of the contract in 2016.

The Government had said in July 2016 that the new contract would be implemented ‘to end uncertainty’, despite a majority of doctors rejecting it.

Speaking to the BMA junior doctors conference on Saturday, Dr Wijesuriya said: ‘Over the coming year we will be addressing every area possible to make this a contract which can work for us, to improve our lives inside and outside the hospital or GP practice and to ensure the next generation of doctors face a better future.’

The BMA and NHS Employers said in a joint statement that they have agreed on a review of the 2016 Terms and Conditions of Service for Doctors and Dentists in Training.

The statement said: ‘The BMA remains in dispute over the introduction without agreement of the 2016 contract.

‘All parties however agree to enter into a formal collaborative bargaining process as equal partners via which they will jointly review the efficacy of the contract and negotiate changes to address the areas for improvement identified.

‘Following the conclusion of this process the package of negotiated changes will be put to consultation by BMA members, and if accepted the dispute will be ended and the contract collectively agreed.’

Dr Wijesuriya added: ‘The final agreed deal will then be put to our members in a referendum.

The 2016 contract reduced the maximum hours a doctor can be asked to work in any one week from 91 to 72, while also reducing the number of nights a doctor can be asked to work consecutively to four.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Total BS how can you collaborate and be equal partners when one side can unilaterally impose a contract.Sad really.This government are politicizing a whole generation of medics against the tories.

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  • Average age of a Tory party member is 72,smack of a party in terminal decline.Carry on smacking the younger generation where will your members come from.

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  • AlanAlmond

    The Tories don’t care what happens in the future. If the average age of a Tory member is 72 most of them will be dead in 20 years time. The Labour Party mean while don’t care what happened in the past, with increasing numbers born after the advent of google, to them if it ain’t on the internet it didn’t happen, thought only exists in 7 second sound bites and debt never has to be repaid. Hence they trot out ancient failed policy and try and con everyone that somehow this time round their lunacy won’t ruin the country...urrr yes it will.
    Between the two of them we are lost.
    (Yes your right I’ve lost my marbles...but then again perhaps I haven’t)

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  • So that will be pseudo-negotiation for a bit, don't like your answers/arguments so will impose it because we always know better!

    Hopefully in 4 years AI (cheap as chips if commuter says NO)will be smart enough to take over and retire me as supra-nummery and clearly not suited for the new world order???

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  • Can the BMA do something about the mileage expenses for GP trainees which has been removed under the 2016 contract? I'm out of pocket by ~£1000/y and I imagine a lot of trainees nationally are losing out in some way.

    "GP trainees who use their cars to conduct home visits during their placements are entitled to claim mileage expenses. The journey to and from work (up to 10 miles in each direction) can also be claimed, but only if a home visit is made that day." BUT this only applies under the 2002 contract and not the 2016 contract.

    https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/gp-practices/gps-and-staff/reminbursement-of-gp-trainee-travel-expenses-for-your-practice

    I would think there would be a lot of benefit if the BMA made it's position REALLY CLEAR BEFORE THEY START, to NHS Employers (and it's members) about the stick it will use if it simply ignored like in the initial negotiations? Maybe also consult the membership about sticking points and priorities? It's not all that hard with the internet.

    Good luck BMA negotiating team, the medical profession is counting on you! Don't let us down.

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