On Wednesday 11th November, BOTA President, Mustafa Rashid, was invited to meet with the Secretary of State for Health, Mr Jeremy Hunt to discuss issues concerning our members.
He politely declined at this time as it would be inappropriate to hold this meeting amidst a stalemate with the profession, surrounding imposition of a new junior doctor contract in August 2016, and an active ballot of junior doctors on industrial action. Read the full email below;
Dear Mr Denham,
Thank you for your invitation to meet with the Secretary of State for Health to discuss issues concerning our members. Unfortunately, at this time, I must respectfully decline this invitation.
In any other circumstance, as British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) President, I would relish the opportunity to discuss a number of training matters, that currently affect our members. However, due to the current stalemate with the junior doctors cohort regarding the imposition of a new contract, I feel it would be inappropriate for us to meet at this time.
I do however, wish for you to reconsider your position to impose the current form of the new contract in August 2016 and urge you, alongside many others in the profession, to drop the preconditions to negotiation and restart meaningful discussion with the British Medical Association on how to deliver a contract that is safe for patients and fair to hard-working junior doctors.
Once this is done I would welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss potential solutions to improve the professional lives of doctors in training within Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery in the NHS.
Mustafa S. Rashid
British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (President)