In July 2019, an agreement was reached between NHS Employers, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the amendments to the 2016 terms and conditions for doctors in training, also known as junior doctors.
The agreement covers the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2023. In 2019/20, this will mean a total investment of 2.3 per cent in the contract. In each of the three subsequent years (2020/21-2022/23) this will mean annual pay uplifts of 2 per cent and a further 1 per cent of additional investment (circa £90m) in other terms within the contract.
This additional investment has enabled the introduction of:
- a weekend allowance uplift to ensure those working the most frequent weekends are remunerated more fairly
- an enhanced rate of pay for shifts that finish after midnight and by 4am
- a new nodal pay point 5.
The new terms and conditions of service were introduced in early August 2019 with a phased implementation taking into account operational implications of the changes for employers, as outlined in the implementation timetable.