New consultant contract marks huge step forward

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7359.334 (Published 10 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:334
  1. Peter Hawker, chairman, Central Consultants and Specialists Committee (consultantcontract@bma.org.uk)
  1. BMA, London WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—You report that your 22 respondents were unanimous in their condemnation of the proposed new consultant contract.1 As the regional roadshows roll out and the detail is explained, views are changing.

    We have succeeded in securing a contract that gives consultants a substantial pay rise, a time limited contract, recognition of emergency work, payment for being on- call, extra payments for working beyond 40 hours per week, protected time for teaching, research, audit and continuing professional development, and a major boost to their pensionable salary. There is a lot at stake here. I make no apologies for trying to persuade my colleagues that they should accept it.

    Respondents complain of excessive management control. Consultants asked us to deliver a …

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