Consultant and junior doctor contract negotiations have stalled, says BMA

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 20 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6329
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Negotiations between the BMA and the government on consultant and junior doctor contracts have come to a standstill, the association has said.

The contract negotiations, which apply to NHS consultants in England and Northern Ireland and to junior doctors across the United Kingdom, began last October.1 They were due to end later this month.

The BMA said that negotiations had stalled after the government “refused to agree necessary safeguards to protect doctors from working dangerously long hours—compromising patient safety and doctors’ wellbeing.” It said that the government had not produced “credible” evidence of how seven day services could be delivered in a safe and sustainable way, adding, “They also failed to …

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