12/02/2014 - It's wrong to impose contracts on junior doctors

juniordoctorprotestsignJeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has announced that he will impose new contracts on junior doctors.

He even went as far to say that given time the changes would be accepted as a good thing.

However BMA junior doctors committee chair Dr Johann Malawana said that instead of working with the BMA to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of patients, junior doctors and the NHS as a whole, “the government has walked away, rejecting a fair and affordable offer put forward by the BMA. Instead it wants to impose a flawed contract on a generation of junior doctors who have lost all trust in the Health Secretary.

“Junior doctors already work around the clock, seven days a week and they do so under their existing contract.

“If the government wants more seven-day services then, quite simply, it needs more doctors, nurses and diagnostic staff, and the extra investment needed to deliver it.

“Rather than addressing these issues, the Health Secretary is ploughing ahead with proposals that are fundamentally unfair."

Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe accused Mr Hunt of taking the “nuclear option.”

Solidarity general secretary Pat Harrington commented: "Labour is right to describe this as a sign that Jeremy Hunt has failed. The junior doctors have legitimate concerns about the new contracts and to seek to impose them regardless is insulting and will lead to further biterness and strife."

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a cynical move by Jeremy Hunt and a disaster for NHS industrial relations. It’s proof the government regards the views of hardworking NHS staff as worthless.”