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Health Secretary Milburn refuses to renegotiate contract

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1322
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Doctors' leaders predicted that the refusal by the health secretary, Alan Milburn, to renegotiate the consultants' contract would cause anger among consultants.

    Speaking at a press briefing last Friday, Dr Ian Bogle, chairman of the BMA council, said consultants would not be encouraged by the fact that Mr Milburn's first words on entering the meeting–the first with the secretary of state since consultants rejected the proposed new contract–were that there would be no renegotiation.

    However, they would be cheered, said Dr Bogle, that Mr …

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