Letter from SoS to JDC on junior doctors' contract

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08 / 10 / 2015 2pm

The health secretary has today written to the chair of the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee (JDC), Dr Johann Malawana, summarising the key discussion points following their meeting on 25 September.

Commenting on the letter Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers said: "Our preferred position has always been to negotiate with the BMA so we hope that today’s letter will help to bring this closer."

In his letter the health secretary makes a number of key assurances to the BMA JDC on the impact of the proposed reforms, in an attempt to address some of the concerns regarding a new contract.  The letter makes some key assurances on:

  • overall cost of the pay bill - the introduction of junior doctors’ contracts is not a cost-cutting exercise
  • out of hours payment  
  • working week - the new contract aims to reduce, not increase, the number of hours junior doctors work each week 
  • individual doctors’ pay - the great majority of junior doctors will be as well paid as they are now 
  • GP trainees - they will not be disadvantaged.

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