Conciliation talks over junior doctor contract set to begin

Junior doctor contract talks through the mediation service Acas were set to begin at 10am on Thursday after a government U-turn.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote to BMA chairman Dr Mark Porter on 25 November urging the union to call off strikes by junior doctors planned for dates in December.

The health secretary said that 'any talks are better than strikes', explaining his decision to reverse an earlier refusal to meet the BMA for talks through Acas.

The BMA has made clear that despite the government accepting Acas mediation, strikes will go ahead as planned unless the government drops its intention to impose a contract if agreement cannot be reached via negotiation.

Junior doctor strikes

An overwhelming 98% of junior doctors backed strike action in a ballot earlier this month, and the BMA has announced plans for action on three dates - one day of emergency care only on 1 December, followed by two full walkouts on 8 December and 16 December from 8am to 5pm.

An Acas spokeswoman said: 'We are pleased that the parties involved in the junior doctors dispute have agreed to try Acas conciliation talks.'

The organisation confirmed that talks were scheduled to begin at 10am on Thursday.

Photo: iStock

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Close up of a man turning off a light switch

GP's online carbon calculator helps practices cut emissions and save money

A Yorkshire GP has developed an online calculator that is helping practices to reduce...

GP wearing surgical mask speaks to patient in consulting room

General practice recruitment scheme falling short by thousands of staff

A recruitment scheme designed to bring 26,000 extra people into the general practice...

(Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images)

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid speaking

Sajid Javid writes thank-you letter to 'outstanding' primary care staff

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has written a thank-you letter to primary...

Sign pointing to entrance of COVID-19 vaccination hub

Parts of QOF and enhanced services to halt until March to speed COVID booster rollout

NHS chiefs have agreed to suspend parts of the QOF and some enhanced services until...

NHS sign

Barriers to hospital treatment creating 'two-tier' NHS, GPs warn

Long waits for hospital treatment linked to the growing NHS backlog and a rise in...