Key negotiating issues
Negotiations on possible changes to terms and conditions for hospital consultants in England and Northern Ireland have started.
The news follows a formal mandate from the Department of Health on 15 October for NHS Employers to enter negotiations with the BMA.
The aim is to ensure a fair and consistent approach to supporting consultants in providing high quality and innovative care.
The UK Junior Doctors Committee (JDC) has entered formal negotiations with NHS Employers and employer representatives in the devolved nations to develop a new contract for doctors in training.
The move follows analysis of feedback from junior doctors and final years medical students on key employment issues. JDC has given its negotiating team a mandate to enter negotiations based on a heads of terms document produced jointly with NHS Employers.
Negotiations started on 15 October following the Department of Health confirming NHS Employers had a formal mandate for negotiation.
A new set of proposals have been set out with wide-ranging recommendations on the future of award schemes as well as other changes to consultants' contracts and pay structures.
We are strongly defending the nationally agreed contracts for doctors and are resisting local contract variations.
New Local Education and Training Boards are set to manage juniors' training under the Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce reforms. The Commons health select committee backed our call for greater clarity about how the new bodies (Health Education England, LETBs, employers and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence) will work together.
The UK medical workforce is facing unprecedented change, from the implications of imposed Government efficiency savings, to high levels of competition at each stage of medical training.
As the freeze on doctors' pay imposed by NHS Employers continues, The BMA has submitted evidence to the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body calling for all doctors to be treated equally.
Doctors' responsibility to report concerns about the work of those around them was the focus of a health select committee report in early 2012. Giving evidence to MPs, we said there was a role for 'compromise agreements' in doctors' contracts but they should not prevent whistleblowing.