Issues involving NHS hospitals, trusts or individual staff can quickly become a matter of media and public comment.
The highly publicised three-year dispute between the Secretary of State for Health and the British Medical Association over the introduction of a new junior doctors’ contract culminated in a resolution being reached on 18 May. An agreement was published by ACAS following 10 days of intensive talks, stating that a new contract will be implemented for junior doctors from August 2016. However, junior doctors have since rejected the new contract. See Types of contract > Future developments for further information.
Updated to include draft Regulations requiring specified public authorities to publish gender pay gap information.
The draft Regulations that will require public-sector employers to report on their gender pay gap have been published.
Updated to take into account the publication of draft Regulations that define important public services for industrial action ballots and the draft revised Code of practice on industrial action ballots and notice to employers.
In McTigue v University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust  IRLR 742 EAT, the EAT held that, in order for a claimant to be a "worker" within the meaning of the extended "whistleblower" definition in s.43K of the Employment Rights Act 1996, all that is required is that the end user substantially determined the terms under which the claimant carried out his or her work. It is not necessary to show that the end user determined those terms to any greater or lesser degree than the agency, of whom the claimant might also be an employee or worker.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the health sectors in England and Wales and Scotland.
Julie Steele qualified as a solicitor in 2006, specialising in employment law, and is now a freelance legal editor.