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Since the announcement that Welsh Government will not be imposing a new junior doctor contract in Wales, BMA Cymru Wales has received a number of queries from junior doctors asking about how we aim to support our colleagues in England, and the future of contracts in Wales following the National Assembly for Wales election in May 2016.
The UK Junior Doctors Committee (on which the Welsh Junior Doctors Committee has active representation) is taking the lead on events in England. WJDC will continue to support UK JDC.
On 26th September, I attended the UK JDC meeting where the committee voted to proceed to ballot for industrial action. The ballot will take place in England and possibly in Northern Ireland. There will be no ballot in Wales or Scotland; the respective governments have stated that there will be no imposition of a contract which means that junior doctors working in Wales and Scotland have no dispute with their current employer and therefore no grounds to ballot for industrial action.
Students will not be balloted no matter where they are studying as they are not in employment - please refer to the Welsh Medical Students Committee for further information if you are a student.
A number of you have highlighted your concerns about contract issues in England as it is likely that many of you will be working as junior doctors in England at some point in the future. To clarify, individuals cannot be balloted on a contract that they might have in the future. The dispute in question has to be with the current employer and this situation does not apply in Wales.
You may have received a text or e-mail from the BMA for updated place of work details, information that the BMA requests every year around the August changeover date. Your eligibility to take part in the ballot depends on your place of work, not residence. Junior doctors living in Wales but working in England with full contracts with the NHS in England would be eligible to take part in the ballot. Doctors living in England but working fully within Wales will not be eligible. We have also heard of examples of rotations in north Wales where doctors may spend part of their rotation in England and this issue has been fed back to the UK JDC negotiating team.
We recognise that many juniors in Wales are keen to demonstrate their support and solidarity for their colleagues in England, however, BMA Cymru Wales is unable to support any protest or demonstration within Wales, for the following reasons:
- we are not currently in dispute with our employers over the contract issue
- demonstrations or protests held in Wales may send confusing messages to the public and to junior doctors
While everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, if juniors choose to do so within Wales, this cannot be associated with the BMA for the above reasons. Junior doctors who wish to show support for colleagues in England are encouraged to attend any of the demonstrations taking place in England. These are being promoted on social media and WJDC would encourage this as the most appropriate method of supporting our colleagues over the border.
Many are concerned about what will happen following the election in Wales next year. We simply cannot predict what will happen in the future, but be assured that WJDC is committed to fighting for the profession. We continue to press for improvements to training and career opportunities in Wales, and I hope to update you with progress on our work in this area over the coming months.