Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal Hospital and NHS Employers' lead negotiator on the junior doctors' contract, has written today to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlining the progress made through negotiations on the junior doctors' contract.
A Department of Health spokesperson said:
It is regrettable that the BMA is proceeding with further unnecessary industrial action. Sir David Dalton’s published summary of negotiations shows how close we are to agreeing a deal and demonstrates our strong desire to resolve the key substantive issue of pay for unsocial hours – as both parties agreed to do with ACAS back in November. As Sir David recommends, we want to settle this so that we can improve the standard of care for patients at weekends.
For all the latest information on the junior doctor's contract visit: http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/need-to-know/junior-doctors-contract
See here for the latest information on contract negotiations.