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Contract Negotiations for doctors in training - data collection

The British Medical Association and NHS Employers are currently engaged in negotiations for a new contract for all doctors in training. The negotiations are scheduled to conclude in October 2014.

GP trainees do not currently have a formally negotiated national contract; rather, the terms and conditions in the GP trainee framework contract have been produced by the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA in conjunction with COGPED, and are designed to reflect NHS directions. It is proposed that a new nationally agreed contract would include GP trainees.

An important aspect of the negotiation process will be to model pay arrangements for the new contract. In order to do this, the negotiating parties need to improve our understanding of the hours of work and working patterns undertaken by all doctors in training. We are now at a stage in the negotiation process where we need information about the actual hours and patterns of work that GP trainees undertake.

GP Trainees will soon receive from their deanery a data collection spread sheet and a letter including instructions on how to complete the spread sheet. The collection asks for trainees to record the hours they have worked for a two week period beginning on June 2nd as well as their OOH work for 12 months.

It is essential that as many GP trainees as possible take part in the collection to ensure that we have accurate information for our negotiations.

Christopher Scott
Senior Policy Executive
NHS GPs Division
British Medical Association
020 7383 6444

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