NHS England plans to heal relations between government and junior doctors

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4056
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

NHS England has concerns over the morale of NHS staff and will look again at the work conditions and training arrangements of junior doctors, NHS leaders have told MPs.

Relations have been strained by the recent industrial dispute and the government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors later this summer despite that contract being rejected by a majority of junior doctor BMA members in a ballot.

MPs asked witnesses from NHS England, appearing before the parliamentary health committee during an evidence session on 19 July, what steps were being taken to improve relations.

Bruce Keogh, national medical director for NHS England, said that while NHS England had not been a party to any of the junior doctors’ contract negotiations he was “concerned about morale in the medical profession at the moment.”

He said, “The junior doctors are a young generation with a different set …

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