Government proposes changes to hospital doctors’ overtime

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h187
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

The government has proposed to change the amount of overtime pay that junior doctors and consultants will get for working at weekends.

In a submission of evidence to the Review Body Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB), the government has said that hospital doctors should become more professional and move away from an “hours counting culture.”1 Negotiations on contracts for consultants in England and Northern Ireland and for junior doctors across the United Kingdom were referred to the review body in October 2014 after talks between the BMA and NHS Employers stalled.2

In its submission to the DDRB the government said it wanted to introduce contractual changes to facilitate seven day services in the NHS. In its submission to the body the BMA said …

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