2016 Junior doctors industrial action in England

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  • 2012 Ministers drew up plans to change the junior doctors contract in England
  • December 2012 Department of Health’s Scoping Report on the contract for doctors in training, which it commissioned from NHS Employers accepted by government
  • 30 January 2013 Exploratory talks on how to deliver proposed changes to junior doctors contracts to move towards the provision of 7 day cover commence
  • July 2013 BMA junior doctors committee agreed to enter formal negotiations
  • October 2013 Negotiations between the BMA and NHS Employers (Department of Health mandate) for new junior doctors contracts begin in England.
  • 16 October 2014 Talks with the BMA break down on issue of safeguarding measures for doctors' welfare and patient safety
  • December 2014 First evidence received by DDRB, an independent review body
  • July 2015 DDRB submitted its report to the Government
  • August 2015 BMA Junior doctors committee decided not to re-enter contract negotiations
  • September 2015 BMA decides to ballot junior doctors in England on industrial action
  • 24 November 2015 BMA member junior doctors voted overwhelmingly for industrial action and an initial plan of action is mutually notified
  • December 2015 Industrial action plans in England suspended following conciliatory talks between BMA, the NHS Employers and the Department of Health
  • 4 January 2016 Talks concluded with no resolution. First industrial action to be 12 January
  • 8 January 2016 Talks restarted at ACAS and decision made to suspend the 48-hour industrial action planned for 26-28 January, but agreement reached too late to suspend the action on 12 January. Further talks planned for the next week
  • 12 January 2016 Industrial action. Only on call duties undertaken by Junior doctors in England who are BMA members.
  • 1 February 2016BMA decide to go ahead with the second day of industrial action
  • 9 February 2016 NHS Employers make 11th hour offer
  • 10 February 2016 Second day of industrial action. Only on call duties undertaken
  • 11 February 2016 Secretary of State for Health announces he will impose a contract on 3rd August 2016. It emerges he does not have full support of NHS Employers although this was implied
  • 23 February 2016 Proposed dates for further action: 48-hour emergency care only from 8am, 9 March, 8am 6 April, and at 8am 26 April full withdrawal of labour from 8 to 5 for two days
  • 26 April 2016 First all out walkout by Junior Doctors in England
  • 9 May 2016 Talks commence at ACAS after both sides agree to discuss with minimal preconditions
  • 18 May 2016 Agreement on the key points of a new contract are reached[1]. Voting on terms to take place between 17th June - 1st July
  • 6 July 2016 Junior doctors vote to reject new contract which is then announced to be imposed in October
  • 31 August 2016 BMA announces strike action. The intended 5 day 9am to 5pm all out strike action from 12 September is cancelled on 5th September due to patient safety concerns. However further strikes are still planned between 5th to 11th October, 14th to 18th November and 5th to 9th December.
  • 24 September 2016 BMA announces all further 5 days strikes called off due to patient safety concerns.
  • 11 November 2016 BMA announces Junior doctors have called off the threat of future industrial action and said they will "re-engage" with the government over their new contract