11 / 2 / 2016 12.27pm
I'm sure that you will have seen the speculation in the media about the next stages in the negotiations of a new junior doctors contract.
I wanted to alert you to a statement that the Secretary of State has just made in the House of Commons. As a result of the BMA refusing to accept a much improved offer yesterday, he has taken the decision to introduce the new contract on a phased basis from August 2016.
I wanted to ensure that you were aware of the compromises that the employers side have made during this process, so we have attached the letters that Sir David Dalton has written to the BMA Junior Doctors Committee and health secretary to this email. Sir David has also written to your chair and chief executive separately to highlight these letters, and we will also be sharing this email with medical directors.
To support you when explaining the current position to your board and colleagues we will also be publishing new resources, including updated FAQs, a board presentation pack and other explanatory documents to our website throughout the day. Clare Panniker and I are meeting with chief executives at the provider road map conference this afternoon to brief them, and will also be issuing these materials directly to them and seeking their support in ensuring mechanisms for local briefing of junior doctors.
We expect a more detailed explanation of the new contract and the associated technical documents to be available over the coming weeks, and we will be hosting a series of briefing sessions during March. We will let you have more details as soon as we can.
Throughout this long process, we have always sought to introduce a new contract through negotiation and agreement with the BMA. I am profoundly saddened and hugely frustrated that this has not been the case. I do firmly believe that the final offer we made earlier this week is genuinely fair for doctors, and addresses all their concerns about their safety.
I will of course keep you informed of further developments and please feel free to send any comments or views you and your teams may have to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Executive, NHS Employers