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Seven days in medicine: 10-16 August 2016

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4498 (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4498

Junior doctors

Junior doctors urge further strikes

The BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee called for escalated industrial action from September to resolve issues over the proposed new contract that it says the government has not dealt with. In a letter to members on 11 August, Ellen McCourt, chair of the committee, said that it had decided to reject the proposed new contract for junior doctors in England in full and to call for formal renegotiations. The committee asked the BMA Council for a meeting “to authorise a rolling programme of escalated industrial action beginning in early September,” McCourt said. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i4504)

Whistleblowing protection is added to contracts

Health Education England (HEE) introduced whistleblowing protection for junior doctors. It said that this provided a new legal route to allow trainees to make legal claims against HEE if they believe that it has damaged their career. The BMA, which campaigned for the change, said that this would close a loophole in which HEE, the body responsible for training junior doctors, was exempt from any legal responsibility for whistleblowers because it is not technically an employer. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.i4423)

Research funding

Government guarantees funding for scientists

The UK chancellor, Philip Hammond, said that the Treasury will guarantee research money at universities and institutions for projects funded by the European Commission while the country remains in the European Union, …

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