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Healthcare leaders urge Hunt to resume talks on juniors’ contract

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 04 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1346
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A group of senior healthcare leaders are trying to broker a meeting between the Department of Health for England and junior doctors’ leaders in an attempt to thaw relations between the two sides in the ongoing dispute over the junior doctors’ contract, The BMJ has learnt.

Mark Britnell, former director general at the Department of Health and current chairman of global health at the management consultancy firm KPMG, warned that imposing the contract on junior doctors would be a “a pyrrhic victory” for the government.

He urged the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to put his plans on hold or risk derailing the plan to bring in seven day services in the NHS. Britnell was speaking at the Nuffield Trust’s policy summit in Surrey on 3 …

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