Merit awards

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6945.1712a (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1712
  1. G D P Wallen
  1. Wonford House Hospital, Exeter EX2 5AF

    EDITOR, - I am a member of a regional higher awards committee. Though I approve of the merit awards system, I have several reservations. I agree with Jeffrey Tobias that all consultants are not equal and that some system is required to acknowledge this.1 I too reject the notion of seniority payments and believe that the system is, in its way, performance related.

    My concern is with the selection of people for awards. It has not seemed sinister, oversecretive, very unfair, or slapdash. Both locally and regionally a …

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