As many of you will be aware, the BMA have been in negotiations with the government following the publication of recommendations by the DDRB on Doctors' normal working hours and pay scales. They recently made the decision not to return to negotiations, and have outlined their reasoning for this:
BMA Press release from Thursday 13th August: http://bit.ly/1KjmIHt
10 reasons why we said no: http://bit.ly/1ffjITD
Other resources about contract negotiations/ DDRB report: http://bit.ly/1Ja5LCH
The EMTA position on the DDRB can be found in this blog, and I welcome any feedback or comment on the document. The RCEM supports the statement, and the College are working hard on behalf of our speciality as you would expect.
The BMA are holding a web chat tonight, Monday 17/8/2015 between 1900-2000hrs, and I would encourage as many of you as possible to participate. Please check here for more information: https://communities.bma.org.uk/my_working_life/
Dr Jon Bailey
Academic Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine