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Hospital bosses: We didn't back forced doctors contract

Hospital bosses have distanced themselves from suggestions they agreed to a new junior doctors contract being imposed after their names were linked to a letter Jeremy Hunt used to justify the decision.

More than half of the NHS bosses named on a letter have said they are against the imposition of the new contracts.

The Health Secretary cited their support when announcing his decision to force through changes to pay and conditions.

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NHS chief: Government 'right' to impose junior doctors contracts

Drawn out industrial action would cause "disruption to patients who are relying on NHS care" and the NHS is "right" to say a contract should be now implemented for junior doctors, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has said.

He said: "Under these highly regrettable and entirely avoidable circumstances, hospitals are rightly calling for an end to the uncertainty, and the implementation of the compromise package the [government's negotiators] are recommending."

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