Junior doctors have rejected Jeremy Hunt’s proposed new contract

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There was concern that junior doctors would reject the new contract after examining the details; it has proved to be correct.

This decision puts the future of NHS healthcare in England at issue again – and Jeremy Hunt on the spot.

He has failed to address the concerns of junior doctors consistently since his contract was first proposed, and this vote is a further sign that the health service as a whole has no confidence in his leadership.

The next step should be negotiation: Why have junior doctors rejected the contract? What would they substitute for the parts they won’t accept? And what can be done, reasonably, to make it acceptable.

The trouble is, that was the logical next step when the contract was originally rejected, more or less a whole year ago.

Junior doctors and medical students in England have voted to reject the contract that has been offered to them by the government.

British Medical Association members voted 58% to 42% against accepting the deal.

BMA leaders had urged members to accept the terms, which were announced in May after talks with the government resumed following six strikes.

BMA junior doctor leader Johann Malawana immediately resigned.

In a letter to members, Dr Malawana said the NHS was lurching “headlong into a wider crisis” that was of the government’s making.

“I only hope that the next government realises that this vote is a demonstration of just how appalling frontline staff have been treated and undermined.”

The BMA still has a mandate to take strike action, but it will be up to a new junior doctor leader to decide what the next steps are.

Source: Junior doctors reject new contract – BBC News


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6 thoughts on “Junior doctors have rejected Jeremy Hunt’s proposed new contract

  1. mohandeer

    Mike. Please address the contrived and vicious propagandist “article” in the Daily Mirror. If any Corbyn supporters actually believe a word of it and JC loses his support, then Labour as an opposition party will cease to exist. I think the Mirror have just put the last nail in the coffin for the Labour Party despite Len McClusky’s support and your warnings of the libellous trash the right wing media would print to pull the rug out from under Corbyn. We need the deselection/reselection by CLP’s to be put into force – the sooner the better, with Corbyn retaining the Labour legend. It really is the only way to end this right wing sustained “Blitzkreig”.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Which piece is this? The Mirror isn’t fond of Corbyn so many articles are propaganda against him.

  2. claudiahector

    NHS Wales and NHS Scotland decided not to implement the contract. Only NHS England has had these ructions with junior doctors. Can anyone shed any light on this?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      NHS Wales is run by Labour; NHS Scotland by the SNP. The NHS in England is the only part of the service to be run by Conservatives, and the contract reflects their ideas about how NHS staff are to be treated.

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