New junior doctor contracts are bad business

There is a lot in the news about the contract negotiations between NHS employers and the British Medical Association (BMA). While the BMA's consultant negotiating committee has returned to the negotiating table, the junior negotiating committee have not.

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Your letters to Members of Parliament

NHS Survival has a free and simple lobbying platform that allows registered users to write to their local MP. Hundreds of people have already used this opportunity to contact their MP and highlight what is important to them about the NHS and how it is governed.

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Within the remit of the Health and Social Care Act the provision of healthcare services by private providers is set to endure and grow. I am not interested in the ideological arguments that surround this. What I have been considering is the battleground and potential inequalities that seem counter intuitive to the benefit of introducing market forces. Looking at existing market strategies, the closest model I can find that represents the current commissioning structure is franchising.

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There are a myriad of examples of inconsistent thinking when it comes to the NHS and working patterns. I would like to focus on the pre-assessment service for anaesthesia, before you have your surgery as an example relevant to me.

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A Royal question of money

So a Royal Commission must mean more fees for patients? No – potentially, quite the opposite.

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We need YOU

It has indeed been a baptism of fire. Within 2 hours of going live NHS Survival received harsh criticism. We were called a "Jeremy-Hunt bashing group", a "self-interest group and our aims are ridiculous". The one which hurt though is that we "don't represent patients".

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Response to Scottish govt decision to decline DDRB proposals

The Scottish government have declined to implement the DDRB proposals on their junior doctors, resulting in the current New Deal contract continuing. Although, this is welcome news for NHS staff in Scotland, this announcement raises more worrying questions for their colleagues and patients in Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

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