Joanne Kaye is the regional secretary for Unison South West.
The announcement that Jeremy Hunt was to impose a new contract on the junior doctors in England was met in trade union offices up and down the country with disbelief and shock. Such a clearly desperate act of bravado on the part of the Secretary of State revealed a level of recklessness and ignorance of the basic facts of employment law.
Imposing a new contract without consent requires every one of the 53,000 junior doctors to be dismissed from their post and offered a new post under the imposed contract terms.
That’s right – sack every single doctor in England. CONTINUE