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Consultants have sought to re-examine their contract

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1523
  1. P C Hawker, Chairman
  1. Central Consultants and Specialists Committee, BMA, London WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—In arguing for a new contract for consultants Richards confuses quality with quantity.1 Although both issues need to be addressed, the way to improve quality is through the more rigorous mechanisms for professional self regulation that are now being put in place. The contract of employment, however, is essentially about the quantum of work to be delivered; self regulation means that employers are then entitled to expect that this work is carried out to the highest standards. Under the …

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