TaxPayers' Alliance responds to the junior doctors' rejection of the new contract

July 05, 2016 1:22 PM

Reacting to the news that the British Medical Association have voted to reject the new contract agreement with the Government, Alex Wild, Research Director at the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"This dispute has gone on for far too long and it’s patients who have been paying the price. Neither the government nor the BMA have covered themselves with glory, but the leak of thousands of messages from BMA leaders confirmed what many suspected all along - for them the dispute was all about pay, and they intended to draw it out for as long as possible.

"The government has made significant concessions and, after two years of negotiations, must continue with implementation of the contract for the sake of patients and hard-pressed taxpayers. This whole episode should prompt a rethink about how negotiations are handled in the future."

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