Yesterdays BMA Press Release

Immediate release: Thursday 05 May 2016 

BMA response to the government’s agreement to re-enter talks with the BMA

Responding to the government’s agreement to re-enter talks with the BMA, Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor chair, said:

“Junior doctors have said since the outset that we want to reach a negotiated agreement, and have repeatedly urged the government to re-enter talks.

“As suggested by the Academy, we are keen to restart talks with an open mind. It is critical to find a way forward on all the outstanding issues – which are more than just pay – and hope that a new offer is made that can break the impasse.”



In a recent development, the government have said they are willing to re-enter into discussions with the BMA following a plea from the Royal Academy of Medical Colleges to hold a five day truce and re-enter negations. A number of publications including the Independent, Telegraph, Times and Guardianreported that the BMA was willing to enter into talks but the government had initially rejected the proposal.

Dr Johann Malawana, BMA’s junior doctor committee chairman, said: “The government itself has admitted that there are serious, outstanding issues with the proposed contract.” He added: “As such, the BMA would be prepared to agree to this proposal and temporarily suspend industrial action so that talks can resume with a mutually agreed facilitator, if the government is also prepared to suspend the threat of imposition.”

Dr Malawana featured on the Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning and was also interviewed for the BBC News Channel discussing the BMA’s willingness to renter negotiations following the Academy of Royal Colleges’ suggestion to hold a five day truce before going ahead with discussions for further industrial action.

A report from the King’s Fund has revealed that health officials have failed to spot the growing crisis facing GP practices over recent years as a number of publications including the Daily Mail report that Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: “This well-researched report provides further tangible evidence of the scale of the increase in GP workload which has totally outstripped GP services’ capacity to deliver effective patient care. It reinforces the BMA’s urgent prescription campaign calling for action to address the crisis in general practice.” He added:  “While patient demand has increased, successive governments have failed to provide GP practices with the resources or staff to ensure the public gets the care it needs.”
Dr Richard Vautrey featured on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Radio Northampton discussing the growing pressures on general practice following the publication of the King’s Fund report.

BMA online

 Ministers willing to pause contract imposition Guardian, Thursday 05 May 2016,

Academy calls for a truce in contract dispute 

Drive from Royal colleges to break deadlock ITV News, Thursday 05 May 2016

Health officials fail to spot the growing GP crisis Independent, Thursday 05 May 2016,

Health chiefs unable to spot growing GP crisis  Daily Mail, Thursday 05 May 2016,

Dementia patients in care homes are second class citizens  Daily Mail, Thursday 05 May 2016