Has the junior doctors’ dispute finally been resolved?
We’re all familiar with the long running dispute that junior doctors have had with the Government about their contracts and perhaps you’ve been affected by their strikes over the past few months. However the strikes may finally be at an end as the British Medical Association (BMA) has reached an agreement with the Government for a new junior doctors’ contract in England.
The offer of a new contract has yet to be put to 40,000 BMA members for a vote so it could still be rejected, but the fact that a deal has been agreed has been considered a major breakthrough. Some of the changes in the contract include a reduction in the basic pay rise and more support will be given to doctors who take time out, such as women who go on maternity leave.
The vote by BMA members will take place in June and will determine whether the contract will be accepted by junior doctors. The Government hopes that the deal will bring an end to the junior doctors’ strikes - for now anyway!