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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.3 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:S3-7071

One of the key changes to the consultants' distinction awards scheme was to make its procedures more transparent. The second annual guide to the scheme appeared recently, and has been distributed to all trusts and health authorities. It contains information on the organisation of the scheme, advice on nominations, and the procedures surrounding the five yearly review of each award. The awards can be withdrawn, but as a scheme of salary protection is in place, this only means that the salary is frozen until the consultant scale catches up. About 25% of consultants hold awards, which are pensionable, by the time of retirement. Inquiries to Mr S Kirwan, Secretariat to the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards, 40 Eastbourne Terrace, London, W2 3QR (tel 0171 725 3433.)

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