Letters

Negotiators explain flexible training under the new deal

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7361.442 (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:442
  1. Nizam Mamode, consultant general and transplant surgeon. (nizam.mamode@gstt.sthames.nhs.uk),
  2. Andrew Hobart, consultant in accident and emergency medicine.
  1. Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT
  2. Newham Hospital, London E13 8SL

    EDITOR—We led the team that negotiated the new pay deal for junior doctors and read Davies and Eaton's criticisms.1 They seem to believe we obtained too much money for flexible trainees. Many doctors who were previously paid less than their childminder to combine a career in medicine and a family might disagree.

    Band 3 (non-compliant posts under the new deal) is intended to be a penal rate for trusts. Both sides involved in negotiating the deal believed that as flexible trainee posts are supernumerary nothing should prevent …

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