28 / 9 / 2015 12.29pm
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said:
The Secretary of State has today written to the new chair of the new BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee (JDC), Dr Johann Malawana, to invite him to a meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the junior doctors’ contract.
Our preferred position has always been to negotiate with the BMA so we hope that today’s invitation will help to bring this closer. As we have made clear, there is a great deal still to discuss about how the profession is rewarded, including the increase in basic pay; the level of the new pay points; which hours would be unsocial; and how flexible pay premia would be deployed, including for doctors who do academic study and who change careers to a shortage specialty.
In view of this development, we feel it would be premature to hold our open meetings in which we intended to hear junior doctors’ views. We have postponed all of our meetings with immediate effect, including tonight’s London event at the Methodist Central Hall.