The BMA has written to all NHS trust chief executives in a last-ditch effort to pause the introduction of the new junior doctor contract, being rolled out for obstetrics and gynaecology ST3 doctors.
The union’s junior doctor committee chair, Dr Ellen McCourt, said today marks a “watershed moment” for the health service, with doctors being moved onto contracts “which they have rejected”.
“It couldn’t come at a worse time, as a recent BMA study found that almost half of junior doctors are looking to move overseas, given their morale is at an all-time low,” she added.
“As the government ploughs ahead with the contract, ignoring the outstanding areas of concern raised by junior doctors, many hospitals trusts may feel they have little choice but to rush to implement the new terms and conditions.”
According to Dr McCourt, a “number of trusts” have decided not to start using the contract in October. The BMA is therefore calling on all other trusts to hold off on the roll-out “if any of the required arrangements are not in place”.
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