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What next for the junior doctor contract?

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i991 (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i991

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As NHS Employers takes forward its plan to impose a new junior doctor contract, Abi Rimmer asks doctors what should happen now

After the health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors, NHS Employers has said that the changes would be phased in over 12 months from August 2016.1 2

The BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee will discuss its next moves at a meeting on 20 February. Johann Malawana, chair of the committee, has said that feedback from meetings with junior doctors would “shape the ‘what next’ for the BMA.”

When the imposition was first announced, Malawana said that further action was “inevitable.”3 Among junior doctors there is support for this view. Janis Burns, a trainee anaesthetist, hopes that the BMA will consult its members and take action that is “far more hard hitting than industrial action to date.” She added, “Imposition is a dictatorial move and cannot be met with mediocre action, however regrettable that may be.”

Steven Alderson, a second year core trainee in acute …

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