UK government announces review of consultants’ bonus payments

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4624
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government has announced a review of bonuses paid to consultants, to make the system more transparent and consistent with other public sector pay schemes.

    The review will be undertaken by the independent Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration, alongside other NHS organisations, the British Medical Association, and the committees that make the awards in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

    The review will firstly consider whether bonuses on top of basic pay are necessary “in order to recruit, retain, and motivate the necessary supply of consultants.” It will look at the international medical job market; and one aim will be to maintain a comprehensive provision of consultants across the NHS. It has been asked to consider total compensation levels for consultants and “to make observations (rather than recommendations) on basic pay scales.”

    Secondly, the review will consider the need for incentives to encourage and reward excellent quality of …

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