BMA Says to Restart Talks With Gov’t on Contested Labour Contracts

BMA Says to Restart Talks With Gov’t on Contested Labour Contracts © AFP 2016/ Justin Tallis

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The British Medical Association announced it would re-enter negotiations with the government on the issue of labour contracts for the junior doctors in England.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The British Medical Association (BMA) announced Saturday it would re-enter negotiations with the government on the issue of labour contracts for the junior doctors in England who have staged several walkouts in recent months on the issue.

“The BMA has agreed to re-enter talks with the government on outstanding issues in the dispute, which include, but are not limited to, unsocial hours. Junior doctors’ concerns extend far beyond pay, and our principle in talks will be to deliver a fair contract that does not discriminate against women or any other group, one which addresses the recruitment and retention crisis in the NHS [National Health Service] and which provides the basis for delivering a world-class health service,” chairman of BMA’s Junior Doctor Committee Johann Malawana said.

Britain’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans in early 2016 to introduce a new employment contract for junior doctors in England under which doctors would be paid less for weekend shifts, sparking major protests in a number of cities.

The Department of Health initially refused to compromise, planning to impose the contracts against the junior doctors’ will.

Last week, junior doctors across England carried out the first full strike in the history of the National Health Service (NHS). The two-day industrial action saw tens of thousands outpatient appointments and surgeries cancelled.

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