Junior doctor contract talks in Wales

BMA Cymru Wales is entering talks with Welsh Government and employers to discuss the future of the junior doctor contract in Wales. Find out what this means for you.
Location: Wales
Audience: Junior doctors
Updated: Friday 3 January 2020
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Why the BMA has entered talks

In October 2019, the Welsh junior doctors committee (WJDC) accepted the invitation of Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers to work in social partnership to examine the terms and conditions of service for junior doctors in Wales.

 

What the BMA wants from these talks

We intend discussions to be wide-ranging. We want to:

  • reach a collective understanding of the problems with the current contract in Wales (the 2002 contract)
  • discuss the changes recently made to the contract in England (the 2016 contract) by the 2018 review
  • examine the possibilities for contractual change in Wales on a no-prejudice basis.

We will look at the range of contractual provisions currently in place across the UK, as well as examples of best practice in Wales and beyond, before working to produce a contract that is right for all junior doctors in Wales, as well as the Welsh NHS.

 

When will these talks take place?

The Welsh Junior Doctor Committee has proposed a structure for the talks that learns from previous contract discussions.

Talks will take place in up to three stages with progression to the next stage depending upon the outcome of the previous one.

These are:

  1. fact-finding and development of a shared understanding
  2. discussion in social partnership of core contractual elements
  3. formal talks on outstanding areas.

 

What is social partnership?

BMA Cymru Wales has agreed to work in social partnership with Welsh Government and NHS Wales Employers to examine the junior doctor contract.

Social partnership is a way of working which emphasises shared goals, transparency and openness.

It aims to find consensus where possible by identifying areas of mutual benefit as well as areas where parties disagree and more formal discussions might be required.

 

How can I get involved?

We want to place the voices of junior doctors working and training in Wales at the heart of our approach to these talks. Therefore BMA Cymru Wales and WJDC will be organising a series of engagement events across Wales to give you the opportunity to feed into our work.

We want to know how you feel about what it’s like to train and work in Wales as a junior doctor, what challenges you face and what you feel needs to change to improve your working conditions.

 

Your contract, your voice events

BMA Cymru Wales is entering talks with Welsh Government and employers on the future of your contract. Come along to learn more about our plans for the contract talks and to share your views. We want to hear from all junior doctors in Wales about your working life, your training and the issues that concern you most.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Location Date Info
Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen 3pm, Tuesday 7 January 2020 This event is taking place during the regular Carmarthenshire GP training session. Only trainees on the Carmarthenshire GPST scheme are able to attend this event. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen 12.30pm, Wednesday 8 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli 12pm, Friday 10 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Room 2, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham 2pm, Monday 13 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Harlech Room, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor 1pm, Tuesday 14 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Foyer, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl 2pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020 This event is taking place during the F2 teaching slot, but all junior doctors are welcome to attend. Ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Teaching Room 4, Medical Education Skills Suite, A2/B2 Link Corridor, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. 12.30pm, Monday 20 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Morriston Hospital, Swansea 1pm, Monday 27 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest 2pm, Tuesday 28 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest 3pm, Tuesday 28 January 2020 This event is taking place during the regular Pembrokeshire GP training session but all junior doctors are welcome to attend. Ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.
Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny 1pm, Thursday 30 January 2020 All junior doctors are welcome to attend this event – ask your consultant to release you for this important discussion. Lunch will be provided. RSVP not required.