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Deadlock persists over junior doctor contract

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i827 (Published 09 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i827
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The ongoing dispute between the government and the BMA over the junior doctors’ contract showed no sign of abating this week, as both sides traded blows in the media.

The prospect of a last minute agreement between junior doctors in England and the government before the planned strike on Wednesday 10 February looked unlikely as The BMJ went to press, with Hunt launching a broadside against the BMA during an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 February.1

In the interview Hunt accused the BMA of “spreading misinformation” about the terms being offered by the government and behaving in a “totally irresponsible way” by encouraging grievance among its members.

The chair of the BMA’s Junior …

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