29 / 1 / 2013 4pm
Discussions took place today (29 January 2013) on proposed reforms to NHS consultant and junior doctor contracts, with a wide range of interested organisations agreeing key areas for further discussion.
- Areas identified as key issues were:
- The need for fairness and transparency
- Ensuring that contracts meet the needs of patients, employers and doctors
- Ensuring that contracts are based on a long-term, sustainable view of how services will need to be delivered to meet current and future needs.
Hosted by the NHS Employers organisation in London, stakeholders invited to discuss their views on the proposals included the BMA, Medical Royal Colleges, health educators and patient representatives. It explored contract issues and a move to more seven-day working.
The talks followed the release last month of two detailed reports about doctors' contracts. The event offered an opportunity to come together and speak freely about the attendees' hopes, aims and concerns for the future of doctors' ways of working.
Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
"Clinical excellence awards and junior doctors' contracts are probably the two areas of doctors' terms and conditions that are most in need of revision. But these are complex issues. It's right that we come together to have these early discussions, to set a constructive context prior to any formal negotiation, so that any future deals achieve the best result for the patient, the taxpayer and the future medical workforce.
"We look forward to working to achieve new contracts that focus on the needs of the patient and ensure the NHS is able to respond to current and future demands. This will be complex and challenging but there is a compelling case for change.
"The findings from this event and our ongoing engagement with employers will enable us to prioritise the early discussions on the future of medical pay to help us achieve a timely resolution to future negotiations."
On 17 December 2012 the Department of Health published a Scoping Report on the contract for doctors in training, which it commissioned NHS Employers to write, which said the juniors' contract was due for revision. Also on 17 December, the Office of Manpower Economics published the Doctors and Dentists Review Body's review of clinical excellence awards.