Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the junior doctors committee at the BMA said the findings reinforced BMA claims ‘that this contract is unfair and discriminates against women’ [Image: Graham Turner for the Guardian].

Dr Johann Malawana, chair of the junior doctors committee at the BMA said the findings reinforced BMA claims ‘that this contract is unfair and discriminates against women’ [Image: Graham Turner for the Guardian].

It is heartening to learn that Jeremy Hunt’s proposed contract for junior doctors is being sent to the United Nations as an example of the Tory Government’s execrable human rights record.

We already knew the contract was sexist and potentially illegal, though. That was established at the beginning of this month.

It is now four weeks later and the more worrying concern, for This Writer, is how long the legal process will take – and whether the outcome will interest the general public when it finally arrives.

What’s the betting David Cameron or one of his cronies flings a metaphorical ‘Dead Cat’ into the fray and demands that we look at that, instead?

The new contract ministers plan to force on NHS junior doctors discriminates against female medics and is potentially illegal, Britain’s equality watchdog has told the government.

Female doctors, including those who take time off to have children, go part-time or act as carers are at risk of earning less than male counterparts and would face “inferior conditions of work” and unfair “differential treatment”.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has detailed a number of objections to the terms and conditions as part of a wider evaluation for the UN of the government’s human rights record, a copy of which has [been] given to the Guardian.

Its intervention raises questions about whether the contract as currently set out, which is already the subject of two high court legal challenges, can be enforced.

Source: Equality watchdog warns junior doctors’ contract is potentially illegal | Society | The Guardian

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