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BMA launches judicial review into decision on junior doctor contract

24 February 2016

The BMA has announced three further 48-hour strikes and a new legal challenge in response to the Government’s decision to impose a new junior doctor contract.

A letter before action has reportedly been sent to the Health Secretary which confirms that the BMA intends to launch a judicial review into the Government’s decision to impose the new contract. The BMA says that the Government failed to pay due regard to the Public Sector Equality Duty because it omitted to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment prior to the decision being made, and that in its rush to push the desired changes through, it failed to give proper consideration to the potential impact of the proposed contract on junior doctors. In particular, the BMA suggests that the decision to impose a new contract could be discriminatory against women and ethnic minority doctors.

If the proposed judicial review proceeds, and is successful, the decision of the Government to impose the new contract could be declared unlawful and overturned.

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