NORTH OXFORDSHIRE MP WRITES TO SECRETARY OF STATE REGARDING JUNIOR DOCTORS’ CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Local MP, Victoria Prentis, has written to Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health, to flag up concerns expressed by a number of junior doctors in her constituency about their contract negotiations.

In particular, Victoria emphasised that there appeared to be three specific areas of contention: the expansion of standard working hours, pay proposals, and arrangements post-2019 when the Pay Protection Bonus expires.

Victoria said: “I was very pleased to hear negotiations over junior doctors’ contracts had re-started. Last week, I sought to get in touch with some of those junior doctors who had previously contacted me about this issue. I was keen to understand directly from them what they perceive to be the outstanding issues.

I received a number of considered responses. All of them made it very clear that their principle concern is for their patients; the doctors would not be considering industrial action unless it was absolutely necessary. I was grateful for an insight into the outstanding issues and found the real life examples very helpful in explaining what is an extremely complex issue.

I am convinced that progress needs to be made. I know that the Secretary of State shares my concerns; I hope the comments of my constituents will be helpful and have asked that they are fed into further discussions.