Reality is revised contract to be given to all junior doctors – NHS Employers

NHS Employers has said while it is “disappointed” the BMA’s junior doctors’ committee has decided not to re-enter contract negotiations, the “reality” is that a revised contract will be given to all junior doctors.

In July, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, gave the BMA until September to negotiate on a new contract for junior doctors and consultants. However, he did warn: “There will now be six weeks to work with BMA union negotiators before a September decision point.” 

Unfortunately, despite exploring the possibility of re-entering negotiations, the BMA has come to the conclusion this is not possible on junior contracts. 

However, NHS Employers has stated the government’s timetable is “clear” and there will be the introduction of a new junior doctors’ contract from the August 2016 intake. 

Paul Wallace, director of employment relations and reward at NHS Employers, said: “We remain disappointed not to have reached an agreement with the BMA junior doctors’ committee. The reality is a revised contract will be given to all junior doctors and we will continue to focus on that over a challenging timetable.” 

The Department of Health has also confirmed that NHS Employers will work to prepare a new contract for August 2016. 

The BMA has argued that the government should reverse its position on the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) recommendations, which they claim would extend routine working hours from 60 per week to 90. 

Responding to the latest news the government will seek to impose a new contract on junior doctors from August 2016, Dr Andrew Collier, co-chair of the BMA junior doctor committee, said: “The BMA wants to deliver a contract that protects patient safety and is fair to both junior doctors and the health service as a whole. However we can only do this if the UK government and others are prepared to work collaboratively in a genuine negotiation. 

“We listened to the vast majority of junior doctors who told us that the DDRB proposals are not acceptable. We remain committed to agreeing contract that protects against junior doctors routinely working long hours, delivers a fair system of pay, values the vital role of training and does not disadvantage those in flexible working. 

“We have not received adequate assurance from the government that they are committed to achieving these goals. We urge the government not to impose a contract that is unsafe and unfair. We will resist a contract that is bad for patients, bad for junior doctors and bad for the NHS.” 

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said the challenge now is to “press ahead” with the “essential” reform of the junior doctors’ contract. 

“We will do this in a way which engages directly with junior doctors,” he said.


Disgruntled Junior   17/09/2015 at 17:11

When will managers learn.... Lessen the junior pay and pave the way to privatisation and then doctors stand to paid more than they are currently. Private health care needs doctors but does not need excess managerial staff. Shots fired... and they are in your own foot

Morris Heseltine   17/09/2015 at 19:43

Perhaps Mr Mortimer would like to explain why these reforms are "essential". As far as I can see, the reforms have nothing to do with improving care for patients or making the way doctors are paid fairer. They simply serve to save the government an awful lot of money, while further degrading both pay and training for a group of hard working, highly skilled professionals who are already underpaid and overworked compared to their peers in similar highly demanding professions in the UK. The only reason doctors stay in their jobs is because they care about doing things to the best of their ability. If they can't even do that any more, what's the point?

Mark - Disgruntled GP   18/09/2015 at 14:59

Grand idea. When facing a workforce crisis, alienate said workforce who will push ahead with their own agendas just like the government does. For many this includes a one way ticket to another career or country. Well done Mr Hunt. Genius! You could have been a brain surgeon but I doubt you could manage the hours.

Junior Doctor London   18/09/2015 at 20:12

Significant strike action is the only appropriate response to this treatment. I can't afford to take what is likely to be a 20-30% pay cut and no employer should expect to be able to impose a change of conditions of pay as radically as this contract does. If we don't act on this, what does it take?

Alison Mother Of A Junior Doctor   18/09/2015 at 22:08

So we will have more locuums and agency staff when junior doctors decide that the debt they've incurred and the pressure under hard stressful conditions are not worth it ... more NHS funds will be spent of dodgy agencies. Our lovely young doctors enter the profession bright eyed and optimistic and get squashed within weeks - week end after weekend - tiredness and relentless staff shortages amongst the teams they are put into: Really good call ..... hidden agenda?

Jon   19/09/2015 at 06:41

I think we now need a full strike/series of strikes. How can we care for people when we are continually under attack like this. Hunt needs to be demoted and this government needs to be taught a lesson. I now support a full strike.

Frustrated   20/09/2015 at 08:05

5 years in medical school, over £30,000 worth of debt. I was required to have at least 8 A stars at GCSE and 3As at A level. I've worked my socks off to get into medical school, and then even harder during my 5 years when there. Now as a junior doctor I work extremely hard just to feel undervalued and demoralised. The government are trying to give us a bad name and undermine us. This cannot be tolerated. We are skilled professionals. Medicine is a well respected degree and I'm sure our qualifications and skills will be transferable to other jobs outside the public sector. If this continues I wonder if I will have no other choice than to leave the job that I love and find employment elsewhere. In view of the new proposals I would strongly urge any sixth form student applying to do medicine to consider their choice. Where are the incentives to do medicine? the working conditions are atrocious. Pay needs to reflect the knowledge, training and experience we have as well as the unsocial and long hours we put in.

Josh   21/09/2015 at 08:32

Totally support you guys. What you already do for what you are paid is exploitative and this proposal adds insult to injury.

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