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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.

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