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Following news that the British Medical Association and Jeremy Hunt would enter ‘fresh talks’ today, the BMA was mentioned and quoted in several online publications including BBC News Online, Mail Online, ITV News, The Mirror, Huffington Post, Metro, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

 Dr Johann Malawana said: “We hope that with both parties back around the negotiating table, real progress can now be made to ending this dispute through talks.”

The BBC is today reporting research from the University of Oxford which shows the government’s claim more patients die in NHS hospitals at weekend was based on flawed data. Responding to this, Dr Mark Porter made a statement. He said: “These academics are the latest in a long line of health professionals and leading experts challenging the Government on its misleading use of figures.”

Dr Porter was also quoted online in The Express, Sky News and other publications in response to a University of Manchester study which showed fewer people die in hospitals at weekends.

Dr Kailash Chand wrote an article for the Mirror Online in response to news Jeremy Hunt became the longest-serving health secretary over the weekend. He wrote: “The only ‘progress’ Hunt has made in the last three and half years is to turn the NHS to NHS plc, increasingly drawing on public funds to line the pockets of wealthy venture capitalists or multinationals.”

Dr Chand also wrote an article in Pulse in response to the Kings Fund report on the pressures on general practice in the UK. He wrote: “It rightly concludes, that despite GPs being at the heart of the health care system, a lack of nationally available, real-time data has made their changing workload largely invisible to commissioners and policymakers.”

BMA online

JD Contracts: Fresh talks to begin later   BBC News, Monday 9 May 2016

Junior Doctors – Hunt’s claim that patients are more likely to die at weekends undermined by study   The Independent, Friday 6 May 2016,

Hospital weekend deaths ‘skewed by fewer admissions’  The Telegraph, Friday 6 May 2016,

British Medical Association reopen contract talks with Jeremy Hunt  The Guardian, Sunday 8 May 2016,

Study Casts Doubt On Hunt’s Doctor Contracts  Sky News, Saturday 6 May 2016,
Brits LESS likely to die in hospital this weekend than next week – and THIS is why Daily Express, Saturday 6 May 2016,

“Jeremy Hunt is now the longest-serving Health Secretary – and he’ll be remembered as the worst”  Daily Mirror, Sunday 8 May 2016,

Junior doctors to decide on NHS contract talks BBC News Online, Saturday 7 May 2016,
Boots and other high street chemists will offer in-store cancer checks  Mail Online, Monday 9 May 2016,
Hopes for ‘real progress’ as junior doctors resume government talks over controversial contract
ITV News, Monday 9 May 2016,

BMA will re-enter talks with Tories over junior doctors’ contracts The Mirror, Sunday 8 May 2016,

Striking doctors give food donated on the picket line to foodbank in Peckham Huffington Post, Saturday 7 May 2016,

JDs agree to resume talks with Jeremy Hunt  Metro, Saturday 7 May 2016,
Government and doctor’s chiefs hold fresh talks over contract impasse
Mail Online, Monday 9 May 2016,

BMA agrees to re-enter talks over disputed JD contracts
The Daily Telegraph, Saturday 7 May 2016,

BMA agrees to re-enter talks with government on JD contracts  The Independent, Saturday 7 May 2016,

One year since the Tories were elected, this is what they’ve actually achieved
The Independent, Saturday 7 May 2016,

BMA agrees to talk with Government over plan to force junior doctors to work more weekends
Mail Online, Sunday 8 May 2016, (Dr Johann Malawana)


In addition

Pause in implementation of junior doctors contract letter sent this morning