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Government refuses to fund flexible training in England

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1090
  1. Rhona MacDonald
  1. BMJ

    Last week the government announced that no additional central funding would be given to trusts in England to support flexible trainees (junior doctors who work part time), despite its claimed commitment to improve the working lives of NHS staff and support a family friendly NHS.

    Under the new banding system for junior doctors, trusts in England have had to increase their financial contributions to fund flexible trainees, which has provided a disincentive to employing such trainees. Consequently, the BMA's Junior Doctors Committee has been in discussion with the government for almost a year to improve funding.

    The problem has arisen because of the new pay deal relating to certain patterns of work for junior …

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