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Junior doctors’ contract and equality analysis are published

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1872 (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1872
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

A new contract for junior doctors in England has been published by NHS Employers.

The Department of Health has also published an equality analysis of the contract, which found that it was “fair and justified.”

Following a breakdown of negotiations with the BMA, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced in February that the government would impose a new contract on junior doctors from August this year.1

The new contract, published on Thursday 31 March, sets out the terms and conditions for junior doctors.2 NHS Employers, which developed the contract on behalf of the health department, said that implementation of the contract would be phased.

It said that most doctors in training would be moved on to the 2016 contract over an 18 month period, starting in August 2016. This would be linked to when their current …

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