Government tries to “out manoeuvre” doctors over payBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7395.900 (Published 26 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:900
- Caroline White
Lingering hopes for a new national contract for senior hospital doctors were quashed last week by the government's insistence on the implementation of locally negotiated pay deals.
Health Secretary Alan Milburn has written to all consultants and specialist registrars in England, advising them that there will be no national renegotiation of the consultant contract, which almost two thirds of them rejected last October.
Instead, NHS trusts in England will be given the option of either implementing the rejected contract locally or introducing locally designed incentive schemes in the form of annual bonuses for consultants “who do the …