Multi-Specialty Working Group Meeting – 23/11/2015

Today (23/11/15) was the first Multi-Specialty Working Group of the year, which comprises of the BMA JDC executive committee and the speciality observers from trainee group and colleges. The hot topics consisted of the junior contracts industrial dispute and shape of training.

Junior contracts dispute

Currently no progress on the current impasse, the BMA have offered independent mediation through ACAS, an offer that has been initially refused by Mr Hunt. Talks with DH, NHSE, and the BMA via ACAS have now been sought.

So what can you do to prepare for strike day?

An information pack has been put together to explain the day in more detail but it essentially boils down to a set number of people can form a picket at entrances to your hospital. The BMA would encourage you to talk to the general public about this issue and engage with patients but please don’t try and stop others going to work some people will not participate in industrial action for good reason (such as visa problems etc.) and we are in dispute with our employers not our colleagues. Your hospital BMA rep should be calling a meeting prior to industrial action which as many as possible should attend to organise the logistics of this, the rest of there are doctors left over could arrange to do something public and worthwhile in your local area to show we have not abandoned the community but we are backed into a corner.

What’s the end game?

We need to break the current impasse and return to the negotiating table without the threat of imposition of contract or pre-conditions detailed examples can be found from publications pertaining to the negotiations in 2012 before it all broke down.

Shape of training

With the attention of most junior doctors firmly on the junior contracts dispute the spectre of shape of training is continuing to be pushed forward with the Royal College of Surgeons England leading the charge having put together a pilot programme for emergency general surgery with the end point of being able to cope with 90% of an acute general surgery take. There is little clarification on the 10% of cases that are sidelined nor the process of credentialing to become a specialist. At present there are not plans to pilot SHoT in orthopaedics however this is a dynamic situation. The MSWG are planning to engage further please watch this space.

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James Shelton