This is a time of unprecedented crisis for the NHS. With this in mind and in the spirit of placing patient welfare first and foremost we are writing in response to the escalation of the junior doctor’s dispute in England.

We call on both sides in the dispute to step back from the brink by suspending imposition of the contract and the all-out strike and urge a return to negotiations.

We believe that this is essential if the current impasse is to be broken and progress made in resolving this extremely damaging stand-off for the benefit of all NHS stakeholders, particularly our patients and trainees.

 

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This statement is backed by all the Presidents of all the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties across the UK.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges brings together the voices of its 22 member colleges and Faculties for overarching generic issues around healthcare.

The Academy’s role is to promote, facilitate and at times, co-ordinate the work of the Medical Royal Colleges and their Faculties for the benefit of patients and healthcare. The Academy comprises the Presidents of the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties who meet regularly to agree direction.

For more information contact Max Prangnell, Communications Director on 0773 436 1055 or 02392 413000 or the Academy switchboard on 0207 490 6810