Managers will have more say in merit awards

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1187
  1. L Beecham

    NHS employers will have a greater say in the allocation of distinction awards, and information about who has an award will be more easily accessible. But a government working party has decided against recommending the replacement of the current system by “some other less well tried form of performance related pay.”

    The working party was chaired by the Scottish chief medical officer, Dr Robert Kendell, and included representatives of the BMA, the royal colleges, and NHS chairpeople and managers. It was set up in November last year to recommend a new scheme for rewarding performance, taking account of the NHS reforms. This followed criticism that the system was too secretive and was based on a system of peer review.

    Some changes have already taken place. A …

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