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F2 trainee group to receive pay protection uplift

FY2 Adele Flowerdue and George Allan at work in the emergency department of North Manchester General hospital. manc160915. full consent.

A group of F2 (foundation year 2) trainees will have their cash floor uplifted to 40 per cent banding when transitioning to the new contract in April 2017, following concerns raised by junior doctors to the BMA.

The new contract stipulates that trainees will be given pay protection based on their rota and basic pay the day before the transition.

But the system meant that some trainees would have had high banding added to their basic salary, and others on less antisocial rotations would have been left with no banding.

Junior doctors had raised concerns about the problem and, as a result of extensive talks between the BMA and NHSE (NHS Employers), F2 trainees who are taking up a post under the new contract in April 2017 and whose cash floor would have been based on an unbanded salary will now have their cash floor uplifted to 40 per cent banding, known as 1B banding. Any trainees on a rota giving them a higher level of banding will retain that level too.

In a statement released this week, the BMA and NHSE said they ‘agree that this is a sensible change in response to a legitimate concern raised by the BMA and responded to by NHSE, due to the impact of the new contract on the pay of some F2 trainees’.

Despite ongoing talks on the foundation cash floor issue since the rejection of the contract last year, the BMA was unable to agree a solution with NHSE and the Department of Health in time for the December 2016 transition for F1 trainees. Junior doctors have made it clear that this disparity in cash floor pay protection is unacceptable, and in the absence of a national agreement, BMA representatives will continue to pursue local solutions for F1 trainees.

The association’s negotiators continue to seek progress in a number of areas related to the new contract, and are raising concerns with NHSE and the Department of Health directly.

In the coming months, the BMA will continue to push for further improvements on issues including flexible training applications, LTFT (less than full time) work scheduling, non-resident on-call working guidance, and strengthening support for the exception reporting processes. 

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