Following position statements on the Junior Doctors’ Contract from the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) and the British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) the Presidents of the three Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK have written to both organisations.
The letter makes the following points:
- Recognising the fundamental contribution of our trainees in delivering a safe and high quality NHS.
- Commenting on specific aspects of terms and conditions is not appropriate for the Colleges.
- Any contract should support education and training, service provision and recruitment across all surgical specialities.
- An imposed settlement is the wrong way to bring about contractual changes and NHS Employers and the Junior Doctors Committee should be encouraged to return to the negotiating table.