Strike action looms again as talks over junior doctors’ contract stall

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h7021
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Talks between the UK government and junior doctors over their new contract stalled before Christmas, with two areas of absolute disagreement still remaining. If there is no further progress when talks resume in the New Year, then industrial action is looking likely to be scheduled for 13 January.

Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, wrote in a post on the BMA website on 24 December: “Whilst significant ground has been made, and JDC [the Junior Doctors Committee] has worked extremely hard within certain constraints set out from the government, there are still a couple of absolute areas of disagreement. These are born out as being two …

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