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Junior doctors remove threat of strike action over new contract

The BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee has removed the threat of strike action over their new contract.

They will instead monitor its implementation and seek to work with the government to tackle any issues arise.

In August, the JDC announced plans for a wave of five-day strikes, but these were subsequently abandoned when they realised there wasn’t sufficient support.

The contract dispute led to five strikes and widespread disruption to services. It did bring the government back to the negotiating table in June but juniors rejected the revised contract despite the BMA’s support.

The government has pressed ahead with its implementation of the revised contract – with it being rolled out since October.

A BMA spokesman said: “The BMA believes the best way forward for junior doctors, patients and the NHS is to closely monitor the implementation of the contract, and to work with the government and NHS Employers to address any issues and concerns highlighted during this process.

“In this way we can hold both the government and NHS Employers to their commitments on safe working, high-quality training and the promise to address wider morale and workforce issues.”

Not all juniors are happy about this. The pressure group – Junior Doctors Alliance – believes the BMA should take further action to resist imposition of the contract.

A JDA spokesperson said the move was “unacceptable” and taken without any discussion with the membership that voted to reject the revised contract.

“It’s no wonder so many doctors – at all grades – are losing trust in the BMA,” the spokesman said.

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