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Junior doctor contract proposals

In an unprecedented move, 13 leaders of medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have expressed their concerns over the recent junior doctor contract proposals. The colleges, who have no responsibility for negotiating contracts, are concerned at the consequences of recent announcements on patient care and the future of medicine as a whole.

On Friday 18 September nine Royal College and Faculty presidents wrote a letter to the Secretary of State Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP on this issue:

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 (NB. Not Obstetrics and Gynaecology as at foot of letter)
Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

A copy of the letter is available frome the Royal College of Physicans website.

Since then, five more leaders of medical Royal Colleges and faculties have signed up to the concerns expressed in the letter:

Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health
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

Written: 25/09/2015 , last modified: 08/12/2015