Voting opens on new junior doctor contract

  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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Voting has opened on proposed changes to the junior doctor contract in England. Junior doctors are being asked to vote on a number of changes to the contract, which, according to the BMA, “seek to resolve inadequacies in the original 2016 contract”.

The proposals, which have been endorsed by the BMA junior doctors committee and medical students committee, include:

  • Increases to rates of pay for weekends and shifts ending after midnight
  • An additional £1,000 a year extra for less-than full-time trainees
  • Extension of section 2 transitional pay protection until 2025
  • New and increased penalties for employers when trainees work beyond safety limits
  • A guaranteed annual pay uplift in line with predicted inflation of 2 per cent per year for the next four years.

BMA junior doctors committee chair Jeeves Wijesuriya said: “These talks have offered us the opportunity to move forward beyond the disputed 2016 contract, and towards a better deal for junior doctors’ working lives. As part of this process, we’ve already secured important improvements.” He said the negotiated deal will bring further improvements.

The JDC has endorsed the deal as a better contract for members. Dr Wijesuriya said endorsing the deal would allow doctors to move on from the years of dispute that followed the introduction of the 2016 contract.

Voting is open until 25 June. Junior doctors and final or penultimate-year medical students in England can vote, as can junior doctor members from the devolved nations set to be working in England from August.

More information on the proposed contract changes is available here.

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