Speaking after the announcement today by the BMA that junior doctors in England have voted to reject the Westminster government’s proposed new contract, Chair of BMA Northern Ireland’s Junior Doctors Committee (NIJDC), Mr Chris Hoo, said: “We note the results of this vote. This contract offer vote only applies to junior doctors in England and not in Northern Ireland.
“We again welcome the recent appointment of our new Health Minister Michelle O’Neill who has signalled her intent to focus efforts on reshaping health and social care in Northern Ireland to make it is as efficient and effective as possible. This can’t be done without the team of health and social care staff, including junior doctors, who work tirelessly for patients under increasingly pressurised workloads.
"This is why we welcome Sinn Féin’s commitment that any reform to junior doctors’ contracts here in Northern Ireland would only be by agreement. The Health Minister has been clear in recognising the need to involve clinicians in decisions on the redesign of our health and social care system, which we also welcome."
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