Hunt Rejects Trialling Jr Doctors&#thirty-nine; Contract

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 0:57 AM

A grouping of cross-party MPs had written to the Health Secretary urging him to trial the contract to look what the impact will be.

Hunt Rejects Trialling Jr Doctors&#thirty-nine; Contract

The Health Secretary has rejected a cross-party map to attempt and prevent the looming Jr doctors&#thirty-nine; strike, calling the proposal "opportunist".

A coalition of MPs urged Jeremy Hunt to test the new Jr doctors contract in a tiny no of trusts rather than impose it across England without the support of the British Medical Organization (BMA).

But Mister Hunt has insisted the contract was already being rolled out slowly.

He tweeted: "Labour 'plan' is opportunism - only eleven percent of Jr docs go onto new contracts in August."

In a letter to BMA chairman Tag Porter, he said: "The extreme action planned will be deeply worrying for patients and space enormous extra strain on our NHS at a time of intense pressure.

"I therefore appeal to you one final time to call off strike action that'll look doctors withdraw potentially life-saving care, and to meet with me on Monday to discuss a better way forward."

Labour'south Heidi Alexander, Conservative Doctor Dan Poulter, Library Dem Norman Lamb and the SNP'south Doctor Philippa Whitford said in a separate letter to Mister Hunt they wanted an independent evaluation of the so-called "weekend effect" which sees higher mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends.

The MPs wrote: "You'll be alert that medical leaders, royal colleges and patient groups have said the imposition or unilateral introduction of the contract is the incorrect approach and risks permanent damage to the future of the medical workforce.

"If it remains your intention to introduce this new contract, we believe it should be piloted in a no of trusts/across a no of deaneries and for its impact on patients, staff and the 'weekend effect' to be independently evaluated."

Shadow health secretary Ms Alexander told Sky'south Dermot Murnaghan: "I perceive very strongly that this whole dispute has gone on for too long.

"It’s really distressing for everyone in the NHS and it'south time for Jeremy Hunt to keep party politics to one side."

If the Government agreed to Ltd trials of a pilot of the contract, representatives would be prepared to meet them to discuss the opportunity of calling off the strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, a BMA source said.

The action, which is to running from 8am until 5pm both days following week,

NHS England has warned it'll create an "unprecedented situation during a time of heightened risk".

Just over 12.700 operations have been cancelled and some 112.856 outpatient appointments will have to be re-arranged due to the industrial action.

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