BriefingBMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7178.3a (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3a-7178
“Some trusts, and even some deaneries, are flagrantly flouting [the terms and conditions of service regarding study leave].” So reads the introduction to the BMA Committee report on the bettter provision of study leave for junior doctors. The report is damning: it finds that current budgets are “patently inadequate,” and many courses are of low quality. Part of the problem is that many doctors do not even know of their current entitlement (clearly outlined in the appendices of the document), inadequate though that may be. The report recommends clear national guidelines and the reintroduction of regional study leave committees to consider applications, which may help to avert such sharp practices as charging in-house courses and clinics against study leave.
BMA. The real picture: report of the Junior Doctors Committee Study leave working group. London: BMA, 1998.