New contract will “strengthen morale” of junior doctors, says health secretary

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2870
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said that the “historic agreement” on the new contract for junior doctors will allow the government to deliver a seven day NHS, improve the safety of patients, increase NHS productivity, and “strengthen morale and quality of life of junior doctors.”

Speaking in the House of Common on Thursday 19 May, Hunt said, “The new contract meets all the government’s red lines for delivering a seven day NHS and remains within the existing pay envelope.”

He was speaking the day after the arbitration body Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) announced that an agreement had been reached on a new contract for junior doctors in England, after 10 days of …

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