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[Correspondence] NHS junior doctor contract proposal: risks and prejudices

Proposed changes to junior doctors’ contracts working within the NHS have been met with fierce opposition, attracting widespread media coverage in recent weeks. Heavy criticism of the changes has led to a stall in negotiations and threats of possible industrial action led by the British Medical Association.1 Several Royal Colleges have also called on the government to reassess its position, citing longer working hours and reducing pay as detrimental to staff morale and patient safety.2 Most of the reaction has centred on the physical and financial effects this proposal will have on junior doctors, although there has been limited emphasis on the wider long-term effects and unintended consequences that will prevent the NHS meeting the demands of patients in the future.