Jeremy Hunt U-turn Over Junior Doctors’ Contracts

For the government, the threat from junior doctors has been manifest in their four strikes since January, with a further all-out planned next month. There is some government confusion over the matter and it seems that Jeremy Hunt is performing a U-turn over changes to the controversial junior doctors’ contract. Rather than adopting the ‘nuclear adoption’ it has been argued that Hunt will now instead focus on ‘introducing’ a new contract from August. Such has been the controversy that pressure group, Justice for Health, representing a group of junior doctors, has initiated a judicial to challenge the legality of the government’s actions.

This is a useful story for Unit 2 students considering the importance of judicial review in challenging the actions of government and Unit 3 students considering the government’s success in managing the NHS. It can also be used by Unit 1 students as an example of pressure groups using the courts as an access point.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jeremy-hunt-criticised-for-retreating-from-his-commitment-to-impose-junior-doctor-contracts-a6989116.html

htt//www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/17/pressure-mounts-on-jeremy-hunt-over-handling-of-junior-doctors-dispute.

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