What’s happening with the consultant contract negotiations?BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6114 (Published 15 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6114
Details of the progress being made in talks between NHS Employers and the BMA on new contracts for consultants and staff and associate specialist (SAS) doctors have been published by the Department of Health.
Talks over a new contract for UK consultants have been under way for over three years, and full details of the contract offer were due to be published at the end of 2015 (box 1). But progress has been slow and, beyond some information presented at the BMA’s consultants’ conference in March, full details of what consultants can expect in the new contract have yet to emerge.
Box 1: Developing the new consultant contract
December 2012: DDRB advice
The Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) recommends that pay for most UK consultants should be limited to the first five points of the current eight point pay scale, and high performing consultants should be moved on to a new “principal consultant” grade.1
October 2013: Talks start