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Lessons for consultants from the junior doctor dispute

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4500
  1. Rachel Clarke, trainee working in acute medicine
  1. Oxford
  1. rtsclarke{at}

Junior doctor Rachel Clarke explains what consultants negotiating a new contract can learn from junior doctors’ experiences of their contract dispute

As the consultant contract negotiations approach their end game, why on earth should you heed advice from a junior doctor? After all, as things stand, we’ve failed dismally. Hunt has got his cheaper weekends—not to mention our evenings given up free as well. And in exchange? Well, we’ve got guardians, work reviews, and exception reporting.

The truth, of course, is that a campaign’s failings are every bit as revealing as its successes. We have provided you, our consultant colleagues, with a year long model of how—and, crucially, how not—to tackle contract negotiations.

Your struggle to avoid unsustainable …

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