All NHS consultants must have equal entitlement to awards

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1249/a (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1249
  1. Anton E A Joseph, consultant radiologist (anton.joseph@stgh-tr.sthames.nhs.uk)
  1. St George's Hospital NHS Trust, London SW17 0QT

    EDITOR—The Department of Health has published a consultation document on the NHS clinical excellence scheme.1 This highlights the relatively few awards given to some specialties, to female doctors, and to doctors from ethnic minorities and the disproportionately large number of awards to honorary or academic consultants. Altogether 9% of the consultants hold posts as honorary consultants, but they hold 39% of the awards.1

    Although well deserved, these awards were perhaps achieved because of the greater …

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