Royal College leaders express concern on junior doctor contract negotiations

In an unprecedented move, 15 leaders of medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have expressed their concerns over the recent junior doctor contract proposals. 

In an unprecedented move, 15 leaders of medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have expressed their concerns over the recent junior doctor contract proposals. The colleges, who have no responsibility for negotiating contracts, are concerned at the consequences of recent announcements on patient care and the future of medicine as a whole.

On Friday 18 September nine Royal College and Faculty presidents wrote a letter to the Secretary of State Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP on this issue:

  • Dr Anna Batchelor, President of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  • Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Dr Suzy Lishman, President of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Professor Carrie MacEwen, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Dr Clifford Mann, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr Giles Maskell, President of the Royal College of Radiologists
  • Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (NB. Not Obstetrics and Gynaecology as at foot of letter)
  • Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

A copy of the letter is available to download from this page.

Since then, five more leaders of medical Royal Colleges and faculties have signed up to the concerns expressed in the letter:

  • Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health
  • Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Professor Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Professor Frank Dunn, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The presidents of the three Scottish medical Royal Colleges sent a separate letter to the Secretary of State which is available here.

Earlier this week, trainee members of the trainee committees that sit on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG) also wrote an open letter to the Secretary of State, this is available here.

We will also shortly be releasing a separate statement from the RCP Trainees Committee.

For further information please contact, Linda Cuthbertson | Interim Director of Strategy, Communications and Policy. 020 3075 1254.07748 777919

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