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Hunt acknowledges junior doctors’ unhappiness

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3395 (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3395
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has admitted that he failed to understand the root causes of junior doctors’ unhappiness in the protracted industrial dispute over a new contract.

After a series of strikes by junior doctors this year, the government and the BMA finally reached a breakthrough in May and agreed a set of terms that junior doctors must now decide whether to accept.1

In a keynote speech at the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Manchester this week, Hunt conceded that he had not previously understood that much of junior doctors’ frustration arose from issues such as inflexible training and rostering. …

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