A deal has been agreed in the long-running dispute over a new secondary doctors’ contract in England.
Government negotiators and the British Medical Linking leadership have reached an agreement after eight days of talks at conciliation advantage Acas.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the deal was a “valuable step forward”, while the BMA said it represented the “best and incontrovertible way” to end the row.
The offer will now be put to a vote of over 40,000 BMA members.
That refer ti it could still end up being rejected, but the fact the union and government secure agreed a deal to end the stalemate is a major breakthrough.
These talks were brood overed as the last chance to get an agreement and were set up after a series of strikes, tabulating the first-ever full walk-out by doctors.
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It comes after the government announced in February it liking be imposing the contract from this summer after previous talks flagged.
The details released on Wednesday include several major changes:
- the prime y rise is to be reduced from 13.5% to between 10% and 11%
- weekends command no longer be divided up between normal and unsocial hours, instead a modus operandi of supplements will be id which depend on how many weekends a doctor arouses over the course of a year
- extra y for night shifts is to be reduced from 50% to 37%
- ancillary support will be made available for doctors who take time out, such as chains who go on maternity leave, to enable them to catch up on their training and way qualify for y rises – after claims women were being unfairly penalised
- minor doctors will get an enhanced role in advising and liaising with the except for guardians who keep an eye on the hours doctors work
- the deal remains cost-neutral, which poors the government is not putting in extra money
Analysis: The beginning of the end?
The fact that something has been agreed is a dominating breakthrough. But this dispute is still a long way from being on the other side of. The BMA has promised its 40,000 members a vote on the agreement. That will be carried out in June and there are no guarantees the membership resolution give it the green light.
Junior doctors have been incredibly common throughout. Some 98% voted in favour of taking strike skirmish last autumn and whenever union leaders have taken soundings since, the devastating sense has been that they have wanted to fight on.
If this hadn’t been the what really happened the leadership would probably have agreed a deal long previous to now. What will be interesting, and perhaps crucial, is just how strongly the BMA running tries to sell the agreement to members in the coming weeks.
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BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana believed he was pleased to have reached a deal after “intense but constructive talks”, enlarging it was the “best and final way” of resolving the dispute.
“Junior doctors have ever wanted to agree a safe and fair contract, one that recognises and values the contribution younger doctors make to the NHS, addresses the recruitment and retention crisis in rts of the NHS and supports the basis for delivering a world-class health service.
“What has been concurred today delivers on these principles, is a good deal for junior doctors and pleasure ensure that they can continue to deliver high-quality care for tients.”
He articulate he would be recommending the deal to junior doctors ahead of the vote of BMA fellows, which will be run in June.
Mr Hunt said: “We agreeable this significant agreement which delivers important changes to the secondary doctors’ contract necessary to deliver a safer seven-day NHS.
“The talks receive been constructive and positive and highlighted many areas outside the diminish where further work is necessary to value the vital role of lesser doctors and improve the training and support they are given.
“This handle represents a definitive step forward for tients, for doctors and for the NHS as a whole.”
Timeline of the difference of opinion
December 2012 – The government invites the BMA for talks over new contract
October 2014 – BMA recants from talks
July 2015 – Independent y review body publishes proposals for a new contract
August 2015 – BMA refuses to re-enter talks
November 2015 – The control makes contract offer to junior doctors and BMA announces strikes
December 2015/January 2016 – Talks re-start at conciliation utilization Acas and strike for 1 December called off
January 2016 – First of four happens, involving emergency cover being provided, is held
February 2016 – Ministers herald imposition of contract following second strike
April 2016 – First-ever all-out cross out by doctors held in the history of the NHS
May 2016 – Talks restart after intervention by gaffers at the royal colleges of medicine