Presidents ask PM to intervene in junior contracts dispute

Presidents and Deans of 12 Royal Colleges and Faculties have written to the UK Prime Minister today asking him to personally intervene to put an end to the deadlock in the junior doctors contract dispute.

Our President Professor David Galloway is a co-signatory on the letter which states:

"You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medical profession, the ongoing impasse in the dispute between Government and junior doctors poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system by demoralising a group of staff on whom the future of the NHS depends. At this eleventh hour, we call upon you to intervene, bring both parties back to the negotiating table, end this damaging stand-off, and initiate an honest debate about the serious difficulties facing UK health services."

The letter is signed by:

  • Professor Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Dr Liam Brennan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
  • Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians London
  • Dr Suzy Lishman, President, Royal College of Pathologists
  • Dr Giles Maskell, President, Royal College of Radiologists
  • Dr David Richmond, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Professor David Galloway, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Professor Maureen Baker, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Dr Chris Wilkinson, President, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
  • Professor Carrie McEwan, President, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Dr Anna Batchelor, Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  • Professor Alan Boyd, President, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine

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