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Junior doctors and Government to hold fresh conciliation talks

The BMA and the Government will hold fresh conciliation talks around the junior doctors’ contract in a bid to reach an agreement before strikes take place next week.

Strike action is set to take place on 12 January, after the BMA announced on Monday that its talks with NHS Employers had broken down.

However, mediation body Acas announced today that they ‘have invited the sides involved in the junior doctors dispute for Acas talks this Friday. Talks are expected to start at 10am’.

Acas told Pulse that both parties have agreed to the talks.

The two parties entered similar conciliation talks in November last year, which led to a suspension in the planned strikes.

If Friday’s negotiations fail to produce an agreement, only junior doctors involved in emergency care will be working between 8am on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday next week, with further walkouts planned for late-January and early-February.

The contract dispute surrounds the Government’s plans to redefine Saturdays and evenings from 10am to 10pm as ‘sociable hours’, forcing hospitals to rota more doctors at weekends by removing unsociable hours payments.

Readers' comments (20)

  • Dear Juniors, get out while you can-go to Oz or wherever.
    Please don't sacrifice your health and happiness by working for th NHS the way I have.
    Get the last lifeboats and just keep rowing

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  • the state is buying time to force another ballot ... the strike should go ahead. this isn't just about junior doctors it is fundamentally about the state under-funding the NHS and the staff carrying the can. the public need to get involved - either you want top quality healthcare and if so be prepared to pay for it or you don't fund it and are prepared to watch as the service goes downhill. If a deal is struck it will be short-term only and we will be back here in a few years time. The debate should be about the future of the NHS.

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  • It's a trap ... Admiral Ackbar (Star Wars)

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  • ACAS is a government agency and as independent as a parrot in a cage!

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  • @Anonymous | GP Partner06 Jan 2016 3:03pm

    'Dear Juniors, get out while you can-go to Oz or wherever.
    Please don't sacrifice your health and happiness by working for th NHS the way I have.
    Get the last lifeboats and just keep rowing'

    Or simply declined to work insane hours and just locum. The only down side is that one has to hop from practice to practice as insane workload always tries to find ya. Just say NO people.

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  • Haven't they leanrt from their past mistakes? Negotiation is futile. It's time for action!

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  • Anonymous | GP Partner06 Jan 2016 3:03pm

    Dear Juniors, get out while you can-go to Oz or wherever.
    Please don't sacrifice your health and happiness by working for th NHS the way I have.
    Get the last lifeboats and just keep rowing


    The best most sane advice ive heard from a senior colleague. ive heard a few who are about to jump ship and retire state to younger colleagues "these things come in cycles......be patient and things will improve"...

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  • No conciliation with this Government while *unt is in charge.He has no honour.

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  • @ 3:38- "the state is buying time to force another ballot ... the strike should go ahead. this isn't just about junior doctors it is fundamentally about the state under-funding the NHS and the staff carrying the can. the public need to get involved - either you want top quality healthcare and if so be prepared to pay for it or you don't fund it and are prepared to watch as the service goes downhill. If a deal is struck it will be short-term only and we will be back here in a few years time. The debate should be about the future of the NHS."

    Totally agree!

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  • Don't be sucked into this talk. If he was serious we would certainly have a deal on the table by now. Quite depressing really.

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