NHS Employers comments on the BMA’s cohort report

Dean Royles

02 / 5 / 2013 Midnight

Dean Royles says the report is further proof that the contract is no longer fit for purpose.

Responding to published findings of the seventh report of the British Medical Association’s cohort study, which notes the concerns of doctors in training, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation Dean Royles said:

“With more than 40,000 extra doctors over the last decade, this BMA report is further proof that the contract is no longer fit for purpose and needs rapid change.

“It's clear that the work of junior doctors is demanding but it shouldn't feel like an endurance trial. Nor should it be like the X Factor final, where all the focus and investment is on one act. It's the contribution of the entire healthcare team of doctors, nurses, scientists and health professionals working in harmony that drives great patient care.”

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