Junior doctors reject contract between government and the British Medical Association

Junior doctors have rejected the contract between the government and the British Medical Association

Junior doctors have gone against the BMA's recommendations

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Junior doctors and medical students across England have voted to reject a contract deal between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Government.

In a blow to the BMA, which had encouraged doctors to agree the new terms, 58% voted against the proposed contract while 42% voted in favour. Some 68% of those eligible turned out to vote on the deal - some 37,000 junior doctors and medical students.

Following the result, Dr Johann Malawana, head of the BMA's junior doctors' committee, announced his resignation.

Dagan Lonsdale, a junior doctor who voted to reject the contract, explained his decision.

"It [the contract] still does not do enough to safeguard working practices for junior doctors," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "It doesn't do enough to recognise we have a retention and recruitment crisis.

"For me, this made the contractual terms and conditions entirely unacceptable.

"I recognise there has been some improvements to what was offered last year, but fundamentally we still have a government who are trying to push through this seven-day NHS without the appropriate infrastructure, staffing levels, and funding. 

"That's not ever going to work. We need a recognition of the reality of the NHS, and expanding services without funding is not possible."

Listen to the full interview above.