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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7058.3 (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:S3-7058

Staff grade doctors have little or no opportunity for paid study leave, despite the fact that the statutory implementation group that created the grade in 1988 intended that their continuing education should be “at least as good as that for the consultant grade.” There are currently 1300 staff grade doctors in Britain, of whom 29% are women; 69% qualified outside the European Union. Staff grade numbers have grown rapidly since 1993, when the Royal College of Physicians published its first report suggesting enhancements in appointments procedures, job plans, study leave, and career progression for the grade. Since then, according to the college, little has has changed. (JR Coll Physicians Lond 1996:30:302-4)

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