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Consultants’ distinction awards need overhauling, Scottish government says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c151 (Published 11 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c151
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    The Scottish government is calling for a complete review of the distinction awards system for consultants, a longstanding financial arrangement designed to reward excellence that can double a hospital consultant’s salary.

    The Scottish health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, has written to the UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, and the health secretaries of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, seeking support for a “fairer system” that rewards the contribution of a wider range of healthcare practitioners.

    She is also calling on the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body, which sets the pay for doctors and …

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