Update on pay and contract reform

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14 / 5 / 2015 10.24am

Ahead of the Junior Doctors’ Conference on 16 May, we thought it would be useful to provide you with a reminder of our negotiations with the British Medical Association (BMA), and the evidence submitted to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body (DDRB). 

In October 2014, after lengthy negotiations on doctors’ contracts, we issued a media statement to express our disappointment that the BMA had walked away from contract discussions. Please read the media statement for a reminder of the proposals relating to both consultants’ contracts and junior doctors’ contracts.

Following the breakdown in talks with the BMA, the Government wrote to the DDRB asking for observations and recommendations on the contract reforms. In response to the DDRB’s call for evidence, NHS Employers delivered its submission in December 2014, with views that had been gathered before and during the negotiation phase. You can access an executive summary of the contract reforms and the full submission.

We know that employers want to see contract reform sooner rather than later. The DDRB is due to report its findings in July 2015.  We are hopeful that the DDRB’s report, and the Government’s response to it, will allow us to make swift progress on contract reform over the coming year.

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