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Junior doctors’ High Court challenge to Jeremy Hunt

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 13 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4975
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

As the junior doctors behind Justice for Health prepare for next week’s judicial review of the decision to impose a new contract in England, Clare Dyer looks at the case

Next week the dispute over the new contract for junior doctors in England moves from the picket line to a new battleground: the Royal Courts of Justice in London. On 19 and 20 September five junior doctors are mounting a legal challenge in the High Court to health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s power to impose the contract on them.

How has the case got to court?

Five junior doctors—Marie-Estella McVeigh, Francesca Silman, Ben White, Nadia Masood, and Amar Mashru—raised money using the online crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice. They raised £300 000 from more than 5000 donors. They secured the services of Bindmans, a public law firm, and set up the company Justice for Health to take the case forward. A High Court judge gave the go ahead …

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