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High Court is expected to hear challenges to junior doctor contract in June

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2472 (Published 29 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2472
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Two High Court challenges to the lawfulness of the health secretary’s decision to go ahead with the new contract for junior doctors in England are expected to be heard in June, The BMJ has learnt.

The timing means that a court ruling on the contract’s lawfulness should be delivered before the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, proceeds with his plan to introduce the contract as doctors move into new jobs from August.

The news came as it emerged that the United Kingdom’s watchdog on equal rights, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, had advised a United Nations committee that the proposed contract discriminated against …

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