11 / 9 / 2015 8.55am
NHS Employers is pleased to confirm that the British Medical Association (BMA) has agreed to re-enter negotiations on the reform of the consultants' contract.
This follows the request from the health secretary on 21 July, for the BMA to make a decision on its willingness to work with the government to introduce modernised professional contracts. We firmly believe that this is the best outcome for all parties, but appreciate that there is still a large amount of work needed from both sides in order to deliver the contract reforms required within the given timescales.
Responding to the announcement, our chief executive Danny Mortimer said:
"We look forward to working with the BMA Consultants' Committee to take forward negotiations as per the commitments given to the Secretary of State. I would like to thank all parties for their focused and professional approach to the discussions to date and we look forward to progressing matters to a fair conclusion in the months to come."
We are still waiting to see if the junior doctors' committee is willing to re-enter talks and will let you know of any further developments as soon as possible.