On the 21 July the health secretary announced that he expected the British Medical Association (BMA) to make a decision on its willingness to work with the government to introduce modernised professional contracts.
The Junior Doctors' Committee (JDC) has explored the possibility of re-entering negotiations with NHS Employers, but has unfortunately come to the conclusion that this is not a possibility for junior doctors’ contracts.
Responding to the announcement, our chief executive Danny Mortimer said:
“Our challenge now is to press ahead with the essential reform to the junior doctors contract. We will do this in a way which engages directly with junior doctors.”
Paul Wallace, Director of Employment Relations & Reward, NHS Employers said:
“We remain disappointed not to have reached an agreement with the BMA junior doctors’ committee. The reality is a revised contract will be given to all junior doctors and we will continue to focus on that over a challenging timetable.”
We are incredibly disappointed that they continue to stand by their decision to walk away from the talks. We firmly believed that by working together we could have ensured safer working hours for doctors in training, as well as provided them with the stability of pay and agreed work schedules that took account of their educational commitments and needs.
Although disappointed by this news, the government’s implementation timetable is clear:
- early implementation of new terms for new consultants from April 2016 (moving existing consultants across by 2017)
- the introduction of a new juniors’ contract from the August 2016 intake.
We will continue to work hard to get everything in place so that you have the tools and resources needed to effectively implement both the consultants' and junior doctors' contracts within these timescales.
We will let you know of any further developments as soon as possible.