A strike has been slated for Wednesday 10 February and a livid health secretary has accused the BMA of ‘spreading misinformation’ about the terms being offered by the government in order to stir up a sense of grievance in the union.
The BMA has since accused Hunt of attempting to scare patents and the public by brandishing skewed figures about hospital death rates at weekends.
The government intends to launch the new contract for junior doctors as part of its drive to put the NHS on a seven-day working basis, however some junior medics believe that, under the new contract, they will be forced to work longer hours for less money.
In an interview on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Hunt urged the BMA to return to the negotiating table instead of going on strike on Wednesday.
Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.