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Doctors should have more input into merit award systemMinister supports “doctor patient” campaignJuniors criticise study leave proposalsSafeguards sought for winding up fundholding

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1098

Doctors should have more input into merit award system

Consultants' representatives have been discussing how grassroots consultants can have a greater input into the distinction awards process.

It has been agreed that the “general body” consultants on awards committees will be encouraged to write to each trust or employer in the region and identify a contact person. This channel will be used to seek nominations, which will be put forward to awards committees. The Central Consultants and Specialists Committee has agreed to support this process and will issue general guidance about the need to ensure a democratic and transparent nomination process so that no groups or individuals are excluded.

It has also been agreed that the discretionary points system and the distinction awards system are not linked; that there is no requirement for an individual to have discretionary points before being considered for a B award; that curriculum vitae may need to be amended to redress the balance between publications and clinical work; and that there is a need to ensure that specialties with a low percentage of award holders are given full consideration.

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