How the BMA lost control of the junior doctors’ disputeBMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5266 (Published 29 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5266
- Tom Moberly, editor,
- Abi Rimmer, deputy editor
- BMJ Careers
In October 2014, when the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee walked out of negotiations over a new contract,1 junior doctors were not headline news. Few were engaged in political debates or even aware that plans for a new contract had been under discussion since 2009.
By the time England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced in August 2015 that he would be imposing a new contract,2 his jibes at doctors over their supposed lack of commitment and his misuse of weekend mortality statistics created a groundswell of anger. It was this anger that fuelled protests in the …