Doctors criticise appointment of Dalton to lead new junior doctor talks

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 09 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2633
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Doctors have questioned the independence of the man leading the government’s side of renewed negotiations on a new junior doctor contract for England.

The Department of Health announced on Sunday 8 May that David Dalton would act as its lead negotiator during renewed talks with the BMA.1 Dalton had previously led negotiations for the government before concluding that an agreement was unlikely to be reached.2

The BMA said on Saturday 7 May that it would re-enter talks with the government on the contract, following a meeting of the BMA’s junior …

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