Labour granted emergency debate in Parliament over junior doctor crisis

Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has been granted an urgent debate on junior doctor contracts in the House of Commons. The debate will take place at 3:30pm on Monday 8th.

The debate comes just two days before junior doctors across England are due to go on strike over proposed new contracts.

Despite several series of negotiations, the British Medical Association and the Department of Health have not reached agreement.

The BMA and the government are clashing over issues such as Saturday pay rates, automatic pay progression and payment for doctors who work on-call shifts from home.

This is the second time Labour has called an urgent debate  on junior doctor contracts. The previous one, on November 20th 2015, attracted some controversy after Jeremy Hunt failed to turn up to respond to Labour MPs.

UPDATE: According to Heidi Alexander, Jeremy Hunt will not be responding to the urgent debate today.



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