Welcome back to The Medic Portal’s news summary blog. This edition will cover the highlights in health and medical news from 7th to 13th November. This week has seen junior doctors lift the threat of strike action over new contracts, Virgin care win a £700 million contract to run 200 NHS services and a study published that suggests flavoured e-cigarettes produce dangerous levels of cancer-causing toxins.
Junior doctors have called off the threat of future industrial action and will re-engage with the government over their new contract. The British Medical Association (BMA) has ended its mandate for industrial action which means it would have to re-ballot members before industrial action could take place. Previous strikes planned for September were cancelled when health service leaders expressed concern that the NHS would not be able to cope with walk-outs and patient safety would be at risk. Dr Peter Campbell, acting chairman of the junior doctors committee, said that he wanted to negotiate with the government to ensure the contract includes a fair approach to weekend pay as well as securing the safety of both patients and doctors.