Responding to today's High Court judgment on a judicial review taken by Justice for Health regarding the introduction of the junior doctor contract, Dr Ellen McCourt, BMA junior doctor committee chair said:
“Today’s result should not be viewed as a win for the government. This ruling will do nothing to address the fact that morale amongst junior doctors is at an all-time low. Nor will it quell junior doctors’ concerns about the imminent introduction of a flawed contract they have rejected, or the deep sense of anger and mistrust that has built up towards the government over the last year.
“Faced with a demotivated and frustrated workforce, the government must prioritise rebuilding the trust that has been lost with a generation of junior doctors – the GPs and hospital doctors of the future. As a first step towards this, it must address junior doctors’ continuing concerns with the contract.
“With the NHS facing unprecedented pressure, it is critical to focus on how to assure its long-term future. Junior doctors are central to this. If even a small number choose to vote with their feet, this future looks increasingly uncertain.”