Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has said in a statement in the House of Commons that agreement has been reached in the long-running dispute over junior doctors’ contracts.
“I am pleased to inform the House that after 10 days of intensive discussion under the auspices of ACAS, the dispute was resolved yesterday with a historic agreement between the government, NHS Employers (acting on behalf of the employers of junior doctors) and the BMA that will modernise the contract making it better for both doctors and patients”.
Dr. Johann Malawana, a spokesman for the BMA, said:
“Junior doctors have always wanted to agree a safe and fair contract, one that recognises and values the contribution junior doctors make to the NHS, addresses the recruitment and retention crisis in parts of the NHS and provides the basis for delivering a world-class health service. What has been agreed today delivers on these principles, is a good deal for junior doctors and will ensure that they can continue to deliver high-quality care for patients”.
The agreement still has to be approved by doctors in a vote to take place in June, but the BMA is recommending approval.