Royal College leaders express concern on junior doctor contract negotiations

Following the joint RCoA and FICM statement expressing concerns over the proposed trainee contract, the RCoA President, Dr Liam Brennan, and 13 leaders of other Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties wrote to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, warning of the impact of the proposed changes. The letter can be seen here.

The signatories to the letter to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State, were:

Dr Anna Batchelor, President of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians
Dr Suzy Lishman, President of the Royal College of Pathologists
Professor Carrie MacEwen, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Dr Clifford Mann, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Dr Giles Maskell, President of the Royal College of Radiologists
Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Since the letter was sent, four more leaders of medical Royal Colleges have signed up to the concerns expressed in the letter:

Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Professor Frank Dunn, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh                            

A letter was also sent to the Secretary of State from the Members of the trainee committees of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG).  The group states that the imposition of the contract presents an immediate risk to the provision of healthcare throughout the UK, and an ongoing threat to healthcare for generations to come.

The RCoA is fully committed to supporting our trainees and will continue to work with the other medical Royal Colleges, the BMA and government to create an environment for meaningful dialogue and constructive negotiation in the interest of patients.

 

25 September 2015