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Commenting on the debate about the junior doctor’s contract, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director for NHS England, today said:
“Junior doctors are essential to the functioning of the NHS and the clinical leaders of the future. A strike is ultimately in no-one’s interest, so I urge all junior doctors to please pay careful and considered attention to the new contractual offer set out today which if implemented correctly will address the long hours and related safety issues which have been such a cause for concern.
However, the only way to get this right is to talk, because getting the detail right will mean better options for those who deliver care and, consequently, safer care and better outcomes for our patients. It is particularly important for our patients and professional integrity that no action compromises urgent or emergency care in any way.”