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New contract negotiations must be meaningful to avoid future strikes, junior doctors say

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 01 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6524
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Restarted negotiations on changes to the junior doctors’ contract in England must be meaningful for future industrial action to be avoided, junior doctors’ representatives have said.

Junior doctors across England were set to take part in industrial action short of a strike on Tuesday 1 December. But on Monday 30 November the BMA suspended strike action after talks with the government, facilitated by Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).1

The BMA, NHS Employers, and the Department of Health agreed to restart negotiations after the government said it would temporarily suspend its …

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