BMA re-enters contract talks

The BMA will today re-enter talks with the Government over the junior doctors’ contract.

It comes after the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges called on both sides in the dispute to return to the table — with negotiations chaired by a third party.

Five days of ‘intensive talks’ from Monday to Friday are planned and ACAS chair Sir Brendan Barber will lead the negotiations.

BMA junior doctors committee chair Johann Malawana said he hoped ‘real progress can be made’.

He said: ‘The BMA has agreed to re-enter talks with the Government on outstanding issues in this dispute, which include, but are not limited to, unsocial hours.

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