Junior doctors and consultants contracts – negotiations set to begin

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10 / 10 / 2013 10.27am

The issuing of mandates today (15 October) follows Heads of Terms being agreed with the British Medical Association (BMA) for renegotiation of the consultants' contract and for negotiations to achieve a new contract for doctors and dentists in training, including GP trainees. The Department of Health have now issued formal mandates for both contracts which set out the parameters for joint negotiations.

Negotiations will begin today and will cover:

  • For consultants - amendments to the current consultant contract in England and Northern Ireland and to the Clinical Excellence Awards scheme.
  • For junior doctors and dentists - the design of a new contract, including key issues such as working hours, pay, quality of life and training.

Commenting in a press statement, Dean Royles described the mandate as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to refocus doctors’ terms and conditions onto better patient care.

Get involved in the discussions

NHS Employers is also offering a rare opportunity to be involved in the contract reform discussions. By joining our virtual reference group, employers can share views on negotiation priorities and whether any emerging options are appropriate, deliverable, and sustainable.

If the contract negotiations have relevance to your current role and you would like to be considered for the virtual reference group, email doctorsanddentists@nhsemployers.org and let us know how the negotiations relate to your role, as well as which negotiations you are interested in.

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