The recent publicity surrounding the proposed changes to the working patterns of junior doctors and the threat of imposition of a new contract has attracted recent attention. While there has been much speculation about how these changes will affect junior doctors across the NHS, as the body representing medical oncology, we feel that it is important to explain the potential impact that these changes will have on patients with cancer.
The attached statement spells out the specific concerns that changes to training will have for current and future medical oncologists who specialise in the development of new cancer treatments and the provision of systemic cancer therapies
We support our talented and hard working junior doctors. Their role is paramount to maintaining and improving the care our patients expect and deserve. The proposed contract as it stands will be a step back to poorer patient care.
We call for a complete reconsideration of planned changes that we believe will be detrimental to the short and long-term care of cancer patients. Furthermore, we do not believe that these proposed changes will address any perceived discrepancies in care across the seven day week.
(Junior doctors contract survey results)