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Surgical Royal Colleges Joint Statement on the Junior Doctors’ Contract

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11 Feb 2016

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have issued the following joint statement on the junior doctors’ contract:


'The surgical colleges have been clear throughout negotiations that a contract must not be imposed. It is therefore extremely regrettable that negotiations on the junior doctors’ contract have broken down and the Government is imposing a contract, particularly as it is reported that there remains only one significant area of disagreement.


‘We are deeply concerned that this dispute has done long-term damage to the workforce. Low morale is connected not just to the specifics of the contract, but reflects deep-seated concerns about training and how doctors have lost confidence in their employers. Surgeons in training are becoming progressively disenchanted by their career structure.


‘Our Colleges support reducing mortality at weekends. However, this contract alone will not resolve that issue not least because most junior doctors already work at weekends.


‘We do, however, support the announcement of a review of junior doctors’ long-standing concerns chaired by Professor Dame Sue Bailey who is a respected and independent clinician. This is long overdue. No stone should be left unturned in reviewing junior doctors’ working lives in the search for solutions to the damage done and a working environment where junior doctors often feel undervalued. There must also be a serious review of how contract negotiations can be de-politicised and improved for the future.


‘Doctors in training are essential for the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. The imposition of a contract takes us even further away from a goal to make the NHS the most attractive place in the world for doctors to work and risks permanent damage to the future of the medical workforce.'


Mr Mike Lavelle-Jones

President, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Miss Clare Marx

President, The Royal College of Surgeons of England


Professor David Galloway

President, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

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