The group line up outside the Royal Courts of Justice [Image: Alexander Christie].

The government’s new contract for junior doctors is to be challenged in the courts by a group of doctors and patients on the grounds of patient safety.

The group have instructed Bindman’s LLP solicitors to investigate judicial review proceedings, which will centre on the detrimental impact of the proposed new contract on the safety patients as well as the stability of the NHS as a whole.

Last month, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told parliament that he would impose the revised terms and conditions on junior doctors in August after two months of negotiations failed to end the long-running and bitter dispute.

Nadia Masood, one of the four doctors leading the push for legal proceedings, said: “Taking the government to court is the last resort and our last chance. We’ve tried protesting, our union called for strikes, we have reached out to the media and the public but the government still engaged with us directly and they haven’t really answered the public.”

Source: Junior doctors’ contract to be challenged in courts | Society | The Guardian

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