Consultants threaten strike over contract stalemateBMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7400.1165-b (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1165
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Consultants in England have said they will ballot their colleagues on industrial action if the health secretary, Alan Milburn, refuses to return to the negotiating table over their new contract in the next three months.
All but a handful of the 200 consultants' representatives from English trusts attending a special conference last week gave overwhelming support to a proposal by Dr Anna Athow, from North Middlesex Hospital in London, to “defend the NHS” and fight for national conditions for hospital consultants, backed by industrial action if necessary.
Last October consultants voted …
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