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BMA Cymru Wales agrees to enter talks with Welsh Government on future of junior doctor contract

BMA Cymru Wales will work in social partnership with Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers to review the Welsh junior doctor contract, after the Welsh junior doctors committee (WJDC) reached a collective decision to do so. 

When the 2016 junior doctors contract was imposed in England, junior doctors in Wales remained on the 2002 contract. WJDC has agreed that it is the right time to examine the terms and conditions of service, with the aim to improve the training, working lives and wellbeing of junior doctors in Wales.

BMA Cymru Wales and WJDC will now begin seeking feedback from junior doctors via a series of face-to-face and online engagement activities to gather information on the issues that affect them most. This feedback will inform wide-ranging discussions.

BMA Welsh junior doctors committee chair, Dr Josie Cheetham, said:

“WJDC has voted in favour of working in social partnership to seek improvements to the Welsh junior doctor contract. The committee is looking forward to working with Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers to improve the terms and conditions of service for hard working junior doctors – who are the backbone of our NHS – and to make Wales an even more attractive place to train, work and live.

“I would strongly encourage all junior doctors in Wales to engage with WJDC during this process. Our strength is in our collective voice.”

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For further information please contact:

BMA Cymru Wales, Fifth floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 2047 4626
Mobile: 07500 765994
Email: Carla Murphy ([email protected])