BMA is encouraged by Hunt’s reassurances on junior doctors’ contract but seeks clarificationBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5424 (Published 09 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5424
- Abi Rimmer
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The BMA says that it is “encouraged” by a letter from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, responding to concerns about the proposed new contract for junior doctors in England, but it added that it wants further clarification.
In the letter to Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, Hunt said that the new contract would not cut junior doctors’ pay or increase their working hours.
Malawana said, “It is encouraging that the health secretary has finally recognised the vital role that junior doctors play as tomorrow’s leaders across the NHS. However, questions still remain, and we are urgently seeking clarification on the points raised in the letter.”
In the letter Hunt discussed junior doctors’ concerns about the proposed new contract, including changes to plain time working that would include Saturdays.1 He said that, for junior doctors, the …