BMA - Junior doctor contract negotiations

Junior doctor contracts

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.