Talks continue on intensity payments for consultantsRevalidation will require a cultural changeGPs issued with new sickness certification guidelinesStudents want random alcohol and drug testing of doctorsBMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7240.1014 (Published 08 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1014
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Talks continue on intensity payments for consultants
Consultants' negotiators and officials from the NHS Executive have been discussing criteria for the intensity payments which were due to be paid from 1 April under the agreement reached for the distribution of the £50m recommended by the Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body in 1999.
At the last meeting of the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee (CCSC), the chairman of the negotiators, Mr Derek Machin, invited the committee to try out a versionof a proforma. This involved three levels of supplement—one for day intensity of work and two for differing levels of disturbance outside normal working hours.
The committee welcomed the progress that had been made, but were concerned about the practical difficulties of implementing a scheme along the lines proposed, instead of an across the board enhancement of salary. They thought that it would be bureaucratic and depend on subjective judgments about doctors' workload.
Mr Machin agreed to report the CCSC's concerns to the NHS Executive. Negotiations on the other changes to the contract (1 January, p 63) will get underway when the issue of the supplements has been …
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