Jeremy Hunt set to impose new contract on junior doctors

Health secretary to make Commons statement as thousands of doctors return to work after second 24-hour strike

Jeremy Hunt
Jeremy Hunt expected to say that new contract will be imposed from 1 August. Photograph: Neil Hall/PA

Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce that talks to settle the junior doctors dispute have failed and that a new contract will be imposed from 1 August, setting the scene for renewed confrontation and the possibility of further strikes.

The health secretary will deliver a statement to the Commons at about midday on Thursday after the government failed to reach a deal with the British Medical Association (BMA), the union representing junior doctors.

A deadline to accept the deal passed on Wednesday night. The government’s chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, earlier warned this would mean talks had reached “the end of the road”.

SOURCE : The Guardian