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UK consultants fear erosion of pay and conditions in public sector spending squeeze

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2960 (Published 03 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2960
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    Consultants are braced for attacks on their pay and conditions as NHS managers seek to drive down spending in response to the fierce retrenchment in public finances.

    Representatives to the BMA UK Consultants Conference in London this week said that despite assurances from the new coalition government in Westminster that the NHS budget would be protected, they still expected cuts.

    Robin Arnold, consultant psychiatrist at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust said: “Managers throughout the NHS are talking about cuts of between 10% and 20%, and some mental health trusts are looking at a 30% reduction in spending.”

    He said he was “deeply concerned” that some NHS employers were using …

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