The initial new junior doctor contract was so insanely unsafe and unworkable, the BMA got a massive 98% mandate for strike action from its members. It took 5 strikes before the government conceded that the contract was unworkable and talks restarted. The previous chair of the junior doctors committee, Johann Malawana, spent frantic weeks trying to renegotiate on key safety concerns. While he stated he felt it was the best deal he could get out of a reluctant government, it wasn’t enough to reassure juniors. 58% of them voted to reject the new contract.
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