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A quarter of consultants ready to resign over new contract, says BMA

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:569
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    An estimated 7000 NHS consultants will resign or retire from the service if national negotiations cannot resolve the current dispute over their contract, according to details of a BMA survey released this week.

    The threat came in response to a decision by Alan Milburn, the health secretary, to hold no further national negotiations on the consultant contract after BMA members rejected a deal in October. The questionnaire responses, received from 11000 of 27852 consultants in England, found that nine out of 10 consultants would be willing to take some sort of action if deadlock is reached, ranging from lobbying activity through to working to contract or resigning from the …

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