Junior doctor contract negotiations
Talks have stalled between the government and the BMA
- By: Kitty Mohan, Charlie Bell
In October 2014 talks between the BMA and the government on proposed changes to junior doctors’ contracts stalled. Talks formally began in October 2013 after a heads of terms document—outlining which areas would be covered during negotiations—had been agreed.1 These were important negotiations for present and future junior doctors as the outcome will determine things like pay and working hours, as well as the quality of their working lives, the quality of the training they receive, their pensions, and annual leave. Considering that their time as a junior doctor could last anything from five to 12 years the implications of these negotiations could have a long lasting impact on their foreseeable careers.
The current contract has been in place since 2000, and the BMA saw entering talks with the government as an opportunity to negotiate changes relating to some key areas of concern that affect the working lives of junior