BriefingBMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7082.3 (Published 08 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3-7082
The new NHS changeover date for all training posts which is now the first Wednesday of every month has had knock-on effects for GP registrars, who now technically have a period of unemployment while they move from hospital positions to GP practices. Their amended model BMA contract makes it clear that registrars cannot get sick pay if they fall ill between jobs, though registrars can continue to claim sick pay if their hospital contract expires while they are off sick. There is no such provision for registrars during their GP practice year. The practical implication of all this is that it is better to have a contract with start and finish dates that cover the whole period of vocational training.