Junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting the new contract, which includes a 2 per cent pay uplift each year.
According to the BMA, 82 per cent of the members who returned their verdict voted to accept the new contract. The decision will be ratified at a meeting of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) on 2 July. The association says the deal marks “the resumption of collective bargaining”.
Announcing the news at the BMA annual representative meeting yesterday (27 June 2019), JDC chair Jeeves Wijesuriya said the ballot is a “clear answer” from members.
"It’s a yes to safety. To junior doctors no longer having to choose between driving home exhausted after a long shift or paying to stay. It’s a yes to humanity, to extended periods of leave when we need it and time off when we need it most. It’s a yes to new money - £90m over four years and a guaranteed 2 per cent pay uplift each year.
“It’s a yes to better pay for weekends and late shifts – something the Government told us three years ago that it would never concede,” he said. “It’s a yes to using exception reporting when we miss out on our training. It’s a yes to the independently validated study of the impact on equalities."
Dr Wijesuriya added: “Our fight for working conditions is not over, and it never will be. But we are already on the road to delivering step-on, step-off training, and more flexibility so we can reflect the reality of our members’ lives and ambitions.”