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The junior doctor contract: we now need strong leadership at all levels

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3859
  1. Kaanthan Jawahar, clinical fellow, NHS Improvement, trainee steering group events lead, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and core trainee year 1 in psychiatry, Health Education East Midlands
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Having voted to reject the proposed new contract, junior doctors now need to work with each other and senior colleagues to tackle the problems that lie ahead, says Kaanthan Jawahar

The EU referendum result has set a mandate to split the United Kingdom from the European Union. An uneasy feeling followed, with those who voted to remain bemoaning the far right and older people for dictating their future.

Yet it was the disenfranchised working classes hedging their bets on uncertainty by voting to leave that influenced the outcome. In their eyes, anything was better than preserving the status quo that austerity had forced on them.

I see parallels in this group when I consider my junior doctor colleagues. Years of discontent, rising workloads, reduced training opportunities, bureaucratic e-portfolios, and …

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