BMA industrial action suspended

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30 / 11 / 2015 8.10pm

Following productive talks at Acas, the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers and the Department of Health (DH) are all agreed that a return to direct and meaningful negotiations in relation to a new contract for junior doctors is the right way forward and the BMA has agreed to temporarily suspend its proposed strike action on 1, 8 and 16 December.

All parties are committed to reaching an agreement that improves safety for patients and doctors and therefore NHS Employers have agreed to extend the timeframe for the BMA to commence any industrial action by four weeks to 13 January 2016 at 17:00, to allow negotiations to progress. 

Within that timetable, the BMA agrees to temporarily suspend its proposed strike action and the DH agrees similarly to temporarily suspend implementation of a contract without agreement. 

Find out more

Full details are set out in the agreement now published on the Acas website between the BMA, DH and NHS Employers.

Next steps

A memorandum of understanding has been drafted that sets out the basis on which the parties will progress the agreement to return to negotiation. Productive talks are now ongoing as all parties work to reach an agreement.

We will continue to keep you informed as the negotiations progress. 

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