On 6 July, in an update to Parliament, the Minister of Health explained the gradual introduction of the new contract for junior doctors from October 2016. On 5 July, the BMA announced that junior doctors and medical students in England had voted in favour of rejecting the new contract 58% to 42% for a participation rate of 68%. This wage circular informs employers of the remuneration plans for doctors and dentists in training, which will apply from April 1, 2020. On 3 February, Sir David Dalton wrote to all doctors-in-training to advise him of the progress of negotiations with the BMA Junior Doctors Committee. Added summary information of the letter to all junior doctors on safety, training and remuneration NHS junior doctors agreed a new contract that gave them a salary increase of 8.2% over four years in exchange for the end of a four-year dispute with ministers who had triggered the first resignations they had ever staged. Dr. Jeeves Wijesuriya, Chair of the BMA`s Junior Physicians Committee (JDC), said that the members had accepted the agreement because they understood that it was about improving common parental leave and improving rest facilities. «We have made great strides towards a better future for all junior doctors,» he said. Link to David Dalton letter added to all physicians in training.
Under the old contract, junior doctors were paid a standard rate for positions where hours fell Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. If an FY1 doctor worked these standard hours, he would have earned a base salary of 22,862 $US. This base salary would increase if the doctor progresses through their training, and their time served. On 25 April, Jeremy Hunt made a statement to Parliament on the 7-day services of the NHS and the impact of doctors` union actions.