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Author Topic: Jeremy Hunt vetoed deal backed by NHS officials in junior doctor row  (Read 752 times)


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Jeremy Hunt vetoed deal backed by NHS officials in junior doctor row

Jeremy Hunt personally refused a deal to end the row with junior doctors despite it being backed by NHS negotiators, it has been claimed.
According to the Independent, the Health Secretary vetoed an offer which would have resolved the final contentious issue in the dispute – over pay for evening and weekend work. The offer was apparently cost-neutral to the Government and considered by NHS Employers and Department of Health officials as a way to end the fight. A British Medical Association source told the paper: “The one person who would not agree was Jeremy Hunt. “Even though the NHS Employers and DoH teams thought this was a solution he said no.” The source from the body representing junior medics added: “Negotiations have completely broken down.” “There are no more dates planned for talks. The BMA wants to continue negotiating but the other side have walked away.” A Department of Health spokesperson insisted the claims were “completely untrue”. CONTRACT The Government is trying to change the terms of junior doctors’ contracts in order to make it easier to schedule staff for weekends. That includes extending the hours that are not eligible for overtime pay to go further into the evening and on Saturdays. Basic pay will increase, and the Government says no doctor working hours within the legal limits will lose out. But doctors have argued that the protections in place to stop doctors working an unsafe number of shifts are being diluted. The latest 24-hour walkout, after the first on 12 January, is due to start tomorrow morning. - See more at: