NHS Employers' response as BMA withdraws from pay and contract discussions

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Hospital doctors

17 / 10 / 2014 8.34am


Gill Bellord, Director of Employment Relations and Reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said: 

"We are surprised to hear that the British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors committee appears to have withdrawn from the discussions without notice and are communicating by Twitter. It is a disappointing way to conclude 18 months of serious discussions which were intended to ensure safer working hours for doctors in training, as well as providing them with stability of pay and agreed work schedules that take account of educational needs. Underpinning all of which is the need to deliver safe care for patients. And we are amazed to leave consultant negotiations, having agreed further urgent work in next few days by both parties, only to learn by Twitter that the BMA has withdrawn without notice from serious discussions like these."

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