Junior doctors could be unilaterally forced by the Government to accept a new contract they did not agree to, David Cameron has said. Junior doctors seems to be in big trouble in the UK.
“The Prime Minister said junior doctors should not be given a “veto” over changes to their conditions in the NHS
He was asked in an interview this morning whether doctors would have to agree to a new contract or whether it could be unilaterally imposed.
“We can’t rule that out because we can’t simply go into a situation where the junior doctors have a complete veto and block over progress in our NHS,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
The Prime Minister later added: “This is all a matter for discussion between the BMA and NHS authorities but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
“If you rule out ever imposing a contract you’re basically giving a veto to the BMA over what the situation will be in future, and we can’t do that. WE have a manifesto commitment to a seven-day NHS.”
Junior doctors are staging a rolling programme of strikes to stop the new contract, which they say will incentivise unsafe shift patterns and leave doctors working the longest hours worse off.
The Government says the changes to the contract, which re-define which working hours count as anti-social and therefore merit special pay, are necessary to improve weekend NHS” by the http://www.independent.co.uk/