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How is the new junior doctor contract working in practice?

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5906 (Published 04 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5906
  1. Abi Rimmer, deputy editor
  1. BMJ Careers

Since October obstetrics trainees have been working under the new junior doctors’ contract. Abi Rimmer talks to some trainees about how it has been going

Reena Aggarwal

A specialty trainee year 6 in obstetrics and gynaecology at Queens Hospital, London, Aggarwal is working under the terms and conditions of the new contract but as a higher trainee remains on the old pay scale and has not yet signed a new contract.

“It’s been fairly painless so far but I think that’s because no one really knows what’s happening,” she says. “In terms of exception reporting and things like that, I’ve spoken to a couple of my consultants and they’ve been looking at the BMA advice and the amount of workload there is for educational supervisors seems to have increased quite a lot. I think everyone is unsure …

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