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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:451

Many medical chairs remain unfilled

A survey by the BMA's Medical Academic Staff Committee (MASC) showed that at least 74 medical chairs remained unfilled.

The chairman of the committee, Dr Colin Smith, will meet the chief medical officer for England, Professor Liam Donaldson, next month to discuss the problem. There will also be meetings with the health minister for England, John Denham, and Dr Ian Gibson, a member of the House of Commons science and technology select committee.

National Council for Higher Education

MASC is being consulted on proposals on the structure of the National Council for Higher Education, which will act as a bargaining body for the main organisations representing employers and staff in higher education in the United Kingdom. The council would negotiate minimum conditions of service to which all staff would be entitled—holidays, special leave, sick pay, maternity benefits, access to grievance procedures, health and safety, and trade union duties. A subcouncil for academic staff and one for non-academic staff are proposed, and the former would have a subcommittee for clinical …

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