Response to the government's decision to impose junior doctors' contract

Liam Brennan, President of the RCoA, said:

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is extremely disappointed and concerned at today’s decision by the government to impose the junior doctors’ contract in England. We had hoped that the significant progress made in recent weeks would result in a fair and equitable resolution of the dispute but this has proved not to be the case. All parties are the losers in this unprecedented situation.

Our concern, as existing seven day specialties working across anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine, is the effect this decision could have in the short and longer term on recruitment and retention of trainees where working at nights and weekends is inescapable.

We continue to support our dedicated trainee colleagues who deliver high quality care for patients seven days a week and continue to do so in these very challenging circumstances.

We will work with all stakeholders to address the underlying concerns of trainees, and as always, will keep the welfare of our trainees and the future of our specialty as our paramount concern.

Previous welfare statement, September 2015




11 February 2016