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Hunt pledges that no junior doctor working within legal hours will face pay cut

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5814 (Published 29 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5814
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The UK government has made a stronger commitment to ensuring that junior doctors’ pay will not suffer under the proposed new contract, during a parliamentary debate on 28 October. It pledged that no junior doctors working within legal limits on hours would see a cut to their pay.

The commitment was made during a debate in the House of Commons on the increasingly hostile dispute between the government and the BMA over a new contract for junior doctors, which is due to be the subject of a two week BMA ballot on industrial action by junior doctors in England, starting on 5 November.

Proposing the motion on 28 October, Labour’s shadow health secretary, Heidi Alexander, MP for Lewisham East, said, “I’m worried a new government imposed employment contract will be unsafe for patients and unfair for doctors.”

Alexander said that she wanted the government to return to negotiations with the BMA but that for that to happen “what the BMA needs to see and what junior doctors need to know is that the health secretary is genuinely willing to compromise, and his performance over the last few months suggests otherwise.”

The BMA was not helping its cause by refusing to negotiate on the contract, argued Simon Hoare, Conservative MP for North Dorset. …

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