NHS Employers responds to BMA's 10 reasons for not re-entering negotiations

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Danny Mortimer

14 / 8 / 2015 9.24am

Following yesterday's news that the British Medical Association (BMA) will not be re-entering negotiations over the proposed contracts for junior doctors, NHS Employers' chief executive, Danny Mortimer, discusses the impact this could have on the impending government deadline. 

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“The BMA's 10 reasons for not re-entering negotiations demonstrates a staggering lack of understanding of what the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB) recommendations actually are.

“NHS Employers and the BMA were invited to try to reach an agreement in response to the DDRB recommendations. We understand the BMA's concerns about the recommendations, and how they might be implemented, but working through these together is the best way to get the most suitable outcome for patients and doctors." 

The proposed revision of the whole pay system, includes:

  •  higher rates of basic pay
  •  a standard 40 hour week and a lower cap of no more than 72 hours work in any seven consecutive days
  •  higher rates of pay for night work in return for more hours paid at standard rates
  •  improved pension benefits.
To support colleagues with their conversations, a slide pack with detailed responses has also been sent to HR directors.

Next steps

We are continuing to talk to our BMA consultant colleagues and are seeking to reach an agreement on reformed contracts. The mid-September deadline imposed by government ministers remains.

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