The new contract
On Wednesday 5 October the first group of our junior doctor colleagues will be moved on to the new contract. While industrial action is suspended, there is still action to be taken locally.
Trusts are under no obligation to act on the Government's recommendation to use the 2016 contract. They are not compelled to move trainees onto the 2016 contract. The 2002 contract is a valid, nationally negotiated alternative. We have written to all NHS Trust chief executives requesting that they pause the introduction of the new contract.
If Trusts do decide to move over to the new contract it is vital they comply will the terms in full and that the BMA holds them to this. Trusts which don't do so are immediately in breach of contract and could be subject to legal proceedings. Notably, Trusts must individually have performed an equalities impact assessment and the contract cannot be introduced without one.
Take action and write to your trust
Our template letter to chief executives gives you the opportunity to press your trust to delay the introduction of the contract until all of the necessary arrangements are in place.
Download the template letter
We've also provided an email template to send to your HR director if you want to notify them that you do not want to accept the 2016 terms and conditions of service that you are being offered by your employer, and that you are working under protest.
Download the email template
Supporting you at work
The first junior doctors in England due to start working under the new contract, according to the phased transition plan, are obstetrics and gynaecology ST3 doctors when rotation occurs on 5 October 2016.
In order to support you, the following guidance on the new contract is now available:
We will also be setting up an additional payslip checking service in the coming weeks.
NHS Employers - final terms and conditions
On 6 July NHS Employers released the final terms and conditions of service for junior doctors in England.
Check the NHS Employers website
FAQs on the new contract
We understand many of you will have questions about the new contract and what it may mean for you so we have produced a set of FAQs to help break it down.
Read the FAQs on the new contract
Compare the contracts
We set out the main differences in terms and conditions for junior doctors in England between the 2002 contract, the terms that were contained in the imposed contract of March 2016 and finally those set out in an agreed contract in May 2016.
See the comparison (PDF)
Pay and transition
See our pay tables which estimate pay for full-time doctors in training and are based on the details as set out in the terms and conditions of service released by NHS Employers.
You can also refer to our transitional pay protection tool as a guide.
Find out how your pay is protected
The story so far
Junior doctors' contract referendum - result
In response to accepting the new terms and conditions, the voting results were:
- TURNOUT - 68%
- YES - 42%
- NO - 58%
Read the press release
Read the news story
How we got here
Negotiations between the BMA and NHS Employers for new consultants and junior doctors' contracts began in October 2013, the first time contract negotiations had taken place for 13 years. After such a long time there was much to be discussed.
Read the background to the negotiations
How it affects you across the nations
We will keep you updated regularly with any developments on the new contract. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email [email protected]
We hosted a series of webchats to enable you to ask your direct questions to the junior doctor committee. Read the webchat questions and answers.