Letters New junior doctor contract

More problems with the new junior doctor contract

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5409 (Published 14 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5409
  1. Hugo Farne, specialist registrar and clinical research fellow in respiratory medicine1
  1. 1St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK
  1. hugo.farne{at}gmail.com

Bagenal and colleagues’ editorial overlooks one of the most sinister aspects of the proposed junior doctors’ contract: the removal of safeguards against working excessive hours.1 Currently junior doctors’ hours are routinely audited and hospital trusts are penalised financially if doctors are coerced into staying beyond their contracted hours. The proposed contract has no penalties for trusts and hence no teeth. Moreover, junior …

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