The Mansfield Commission Final Report has been published.
The key findings are:
The report recommends that:
The full report can be read here.
The presentation at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 2nd December is reported on the website of Hammersmith and Fulham council.
The publication was well covered in the media, with reports on BBC News website and BBC broadcast London news. Ross Lydall's piece in the Evening Standard can be accessed through Twitter where the sub-head line is: "Scheme to save £1Bn needs £1Bn investment". Also in GetWestLondon.
The "Emergencies-only" work to rule due to start at 8am tomorrow, Tuesday 1st December, has been called off by the BMA negotiators. An agreement was reached at the conciliation service ACAS late this evening. The employers and the Government have agreed to withdraw the threat of imposing a contract on the junior hospital doctors in exchange for the lifting of the work to rule tomorrow and further strikes in December, and both sides have agreed to continue negotiating for another month to try to reach agreement on the terms of the new contract.
NHS employers agreed to extend the timeframe for the BMA to commence any industrial action by four weeks to 5pm on 13 January 2016 to allow negotiations to progress. But if "meaningful progress" has not been made by then the threat of industrial action remains.
Friday 27th November 2015 Evening Standard and on-line
Lord Winston, the world-renowned fertility expert, was today among more than 300 consultants at one of the UK’s biggest NHS trusts to give their public backing to junior doctors.
As talks resumed at Acas this morning in a bid to avert three days of strikes due to start next Tuesday, senior clinicians at Imperial College Healthcare criticised the Government for a “lack of understanding” over its proposed imposition of new junior doctor contracts.
A total of 321 Imperial consultants signed a letter to the trust’s junior doctors, vowing to ensure that patient safety is maintained in the event of any walkout and telling them: “You have our full understanding and practical and moral support.”
The letter is signed by some of the most eminent clinicians working in the NHS, including Lord Winston, a professor of science and society and emeritus professor of fertility studies, cardiologist Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos, kidney expert Professor Charles Pusey and cancer surgeon Professor Nagy Habib.
Another signatory, paediatric consultant Dr Bernie Borgstein, told the Standard that she had never seen the medical profession so united in her 34 years as a doctor.
“I have heard some people say it’s unethical for doctors to strike,” she said. “I think it’s unethical for them not to in a situation where there is a long-term threat to patient safety. In my mind, it’s a form of whistle blowing.”
The letter states: “We would like to publicly register our concern regarding the new contract and its impact on junior doctor morale, clinical and academic training and retention, patients safety and the very future of medical research and of the NHS.”
Dr Antonio de Marvao, a junior doctor who helped to organise the letter, said: “At such a difficult time it is crucial to know that we can count on the strong support from our consultants and to know that they will ensure our patients will remain safe.
“It should also be a reality check to the Department of Health when such a large number of experienced clinicians and distinguished academics stand with their juniors in saying that this new contract is unfair, unsafe and unworkable.”
If the Acas talks fail, junior doctors are due to walk out for 24 hours from 8am next Tuesday – though not in emergency departments – and between 8am-5pm on December 8 and 16.