Youth doctors end five years NHS pay fight by accepting a new contract based on the contract imposed by Jeremy Hunt when he was Health Minister
- Junior doctors receive extended weekends and & # 39; pay overnight if dispute ends
- The British Medical Association has agreed on changes to the existing contract
- The lengthy dispute saw thousands of young doctors go on strike in 2016
Junior doctors have finally accepted a new contract – putting an end to a bitter five-year dispute with the first total strike in the history of the NHS.
They receive a salary increase of 8.2 percent over the next four years and are increasing their weekend and daily allowance thanks to a £ 90 million investment from the government.
The long-term contract dispute saw thousands of trainee trainers strike in 2016, two years after the first discussions failed.
Junior doctors receive a salary increase of 8.2 percent over the next four years and increase weekend and night money thanks to a £ 90 million investment from the government (file photo)
They organized constellations throughout the country – canceling 23,000 operations and nearly 300,000 outpatient appointments.
Now the British Medical Association (BMA) association has agreed on changes to the existing junior doctors contract, which was introduced in 2016 by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
In a referendum of 11,588 members who voted, 82 percent of the doctors in training agreed to the renewed contract.
BMA announced the agreement at its annual conference in Belfast.
Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, chairman of the BMA's junior doctors committee, said it was a big step forward to a better future for around 39,000 doctors in England.
Dr. Wijesuriya said members were impressed by improved shared parental leave and better rest facilities to improve well-being and safety.
Their reward – starting at nearly £ 28,000 – will be stimulated by an average payment of two percent per year for four years, starting in 2020.
According to the BMA, junior NHS doctors earn £ 27,146 in their first base year after graduation.
This then rises to £ 31,422 in the second year, then to £ 37,191 and £ 47,132 before being fully qualified, with a maximum trainee salary of £ 49,086.
Junior doctors are paid more for working weekends and late shifts, and there is a limit on how many 13-hour shifts they have to do in a row.
They are given more opportunity to formally express their concerns if they miss their education due to their roster, and all fewer than full-time trainees receive an additional £ 1,000 a year.
The contract, which is expected to be ratified on July 2, will receive funding of £ 90 million, the cash of which comes from the long-term plan arrangement.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news and said he was happy the line had ended.
Mr. Hancock said: “I am pleased that we have successfully ended the dispute between doctors and doctors about this important agreement.
& # 39; Junior doctors overwhelmingly supported our multi-year agreement that recognizes their commitment to patients and the health of our nation.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he & # 39; happy & # 39; was that the queue ended and added: & # 39; Improved working conditions and a 8.2 percent, four-year pay rise will give young doctors and current medical students the support they deserve in full & # 39;
& # 39; Improved working conditions and a salary increase of 8.2 percent for four years will provide the training physicians and current medical students with the support they deserve in full. & # 39;
Chairman of the BMA doctors committee, Dr. Jeeves Wijesuriya, promised that the members would learn from the & # 39; three difficult years & # 39; of conflicts with the government.
He said: & # 39; We have made great strides towards a better future for all doctors in training. & # 39;
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, added: & We are pleased that doctors have chosen to support the deal that, in addition to a salary increase, is aimed at improving safe working and training.
& # 39; This agreement is the result of unbelievable hard work on all sides to review and improve the contract and to build a safe and constructive way forward for this crucial part of our workforce. & # 39;
WHY WERE THE JUNIOR DOCTORS SPEAKED?
What were the strikes?
On January 12, 2016, angry NHS England junior doctors participated in the first general strike in the NHS. It was the first industrial action in 40 years.
It came after three years of failed negotiations on doctors contracts for young doctors that the government had imposed in 2016. Ministers drew up plans to change the contract in 2012, but the discussions failed in 2014.
Junior doctors participated in more strikes in the following months, including a two-day walk in April 2016 in which they remove emergency aid.
Figures released by NHS England on April 26 estimated that 78 percent of training doctors did not report for work that morning.
Nearly 13,000 operations and 113,000 appointments were postponed around the strike period – which led to a huge setback for the public.
Jeremy Hunt, at the time Health Secretary, claimed that the attacks & # 39; unnecessary & # 39; and that patients could be put at risk.
The Ministry of Health described the strike action by doctors as & # 39; desperate and irresponsible & # 39 ;.
Why did they happen?
The British Medical Association, which has around 39,000 members, said doctors no longer had a choice after being forced to a & # 39; unfair & # 39; contract.
They said the government failed to recognize the non-social hours that doctors were working and tried to impose a seven-day NHS on an already-stretched workforce.
Under the contract imposed, doctors who work on Saturdays would not be paid more than those who work during the week.
The basic salary has been increased by 13.5 percent on average. But, unlike in the past, doctors in training would no longer be paid for working on anti-social hours, & night, or at the weekend.
What is changing?
More than four in five of BMA's junior doctoral members accepted changes to the contract, including:
- A salary increase of an average of two percent for every four years, which amounts to around eight percent
- Limitations on how much weekend work they do
- Restrictions on the number of long shifts, of a maximum of 13 hours, can be performed consecutively
- Improving the well-being and safety of junior doctors by using funding for rest facilities
- The ability to formally formulate objections if they lack training due to calling problems
- Improved shared parental leave
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