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Doctors’ distinction awards suspended in Scotland

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6613 (Published 18 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6613
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Distinction awards for senior doctors have become one of the first casualties in the fight to rein in public spending in Scotland.

No new awards will be made next year and the value of existing awards will be frozen for the second year running. The Scottish government has already described the distinction awards system as outdated and says that a “fairer system” that rewards a wider range of health professionals is needed. The Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body is carrying out a UK review of the …

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