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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:758

Medical teachers give evidence to task force

The BMA's Medical Academic Staff Committee has given evidence to the task force which is looking at disincentives to careers in academic medicine.

The committee has told the task force on clinical academic careers, which is headed by Sir Rex Richards and expected to report in May, that the major concerns are the persistent threat to overall pay parity with doctors in the NHS; contractual problems, including problems associated with having two employers and inferior terms of service; and excess workload due to often conflicting demands from each employer.

There has consistently been a delay in translating the annual NHS pay award to university medical staff. The secretary of state for education has now made it a condition of the government's grant to the Higher Education Funding Council for England that it should enable universities to meet the additional costs arising from any increases awarded to NHS doctors. But there will remain a difference in total income because of the lack of access to private practice. There are also concerns that clinical academic staff are not being treated fairly when decisions are made about consultants' discretionary points.

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