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For the attention of Sir Michael Deegan, Chief Executive of Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, and his fellow board members.

We the undersigned signatories call on you to support the junior doctors working in the trust by publicly opposing the imposition of the new terms and conditions being laid down by the Secretary of State and NHS Employers. We urge you to call for the Government to re-enter negotiations without pre-conditions with the BMA, and to issue a moratorium in the current imposition timetable, in an effort to stop further disruptive industrial action.

It is widely recognised that junior doctors are the lifeblood of the modern NHS. They are the consultants of the future, and through years of dedicated training provide a truly 24 hour a day, seven day a week service.  The proposed contract undermines safe working practices, reverts to a previously failed system and has been roundly rejected by the workforce.  It is openly discriminatory against female doctors. The proposed changes are based on flawed analysis of data that suggests a “weekend effect” and while we are keen to improve safety in hospitals across the UK, this contract will harm patients, harm the workforce and harm the training of junior doctors.

Further to the overwhelming rejection of this contract by junior doctors, they have huge support from consultant colleagues, multiple Royal Colleges and the public as a whole. Please publicly reject the imposition of this contract at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and call for new negotiations without pre-condition in a mark of support for the hard working and dedicated staff of this fine hospital.

Yours truly

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