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Vow to impose contract means further action is “inevitable,” says junior doctors’ leader

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i918 (Published 12 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i918
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has said that further action against the government is “inevitable” after the health secretary for England’s controversial decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors.

The chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, Johann Malawana, said that the BMA had received “a tidal wave of calls” from the profession since the announcement by Jeremy Hunt on 11 February that he would push through a deal after negotiations between the BMA and NHS Employers broke down.1

Hunt’s announcement followed a second day of industrial action by junior doctors in as many months on Wednesday 10 February.2 Junior doctors took to the streets again after the announcement, with a protest outside the Department of Health headquarters in Whitehall on the evening of 11 February.

Malawana, who said that the government had “alienated a generation of junior doctors” with its action, added that the BMA would now …

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