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Details of the new junior doctor contracts released and voting dates set

The detail of the controversial junior doctor contract has been released by the government.

The BMA is now supporting the contract ahead of a crucial vote by members following eleventh hour amendments by the government.

The terms and conditions have been released and the union is urging its members to read the details.

They say that more robust safeguards have been put in place over doctors’ working hours.

The contract also includes pay premiums in specialties where recruitment is difficult.

Doctors working eight weekends or more a year would receive an increase in their basic pay of between 3% and 10% depending on the quantity.

Work hours breaches could result in the employing trust being fined penalty rates of four times any hours work – with a portion going to increased doctor pay and rest towards education and training.

Each trust would appoint a new safety guardian who will present data on rota gaps and working hours breaches to the board.

Junior doctors and senior medical students will get to vote on the contract between 17 June and 1 July. The results will be announced on 6 July.

Doctors training in general practice would receive a premia of £8.2k each year; academic clinicians would receive £4k a year.

Those specialising in emergency medicine, psychiatry, and maxfacs surgery would receive £20k spread over the training period.

Johann Malawana, chair of the JDC, said: “You will have your say at the referendum and I urge you to read the detail of what is being proposed carefully and raise any questions you have.”

After a bitter dispute with the government over the contract, when many juniors felt the Health Secretary sought to mislead the public and patronise the profession, the BMA has a significant challenge in persuading juniors to support the re-negotiated contract.

Read more on the contract.

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