The British Medical Association (BMA) and the government have come to an agreement on long haul disputable junior doctor contract after 10 days of intensive talks at Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).
The 10-day negotiation has been carried out under Acas Chairman Sir Brendan Barber. Sir David Dalton and Dr Johann Malawana of the BMA and the government respectively with the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt had engaged directly for the negotiations to end at best interest of both parties. It has been said that all parties are extraordinarily cooperating to resolve the issues and had to come to a close end of the biggest and widest challenge of the NHS. The current dispute is now subject to 40,000 BMA members’ votes.
Over the next two weeks, both sides will work together to finalise all details of the agreement and the new contract. If the votes approves, some of the points of the contract will be implemented in August and junior doctors will move on to the new contracts between October 2016 and August 2017. The detailed new contract will be available soon and will include an agreed terms and conditions from February negotiations and new provisions included in the Acas statement.
The Acas statement released on Wednesday include several major changes:
40,000 BMA members will have their say on the new contract in the end of this June. Here are key dates for coming weeks in order to formulate new contract.
31st May - Publication of the new contract and supporting details
3rd June - Junior doctors’ committee meeting
1st – 17th June - Broadcasting new contracts
17th – 1st July – BMA Members referendum on the offers
6th July – Referendum Result
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