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Discrimination in discretionary points award scheme: Discretionary points have to be applied for

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1215
  1. Bill Cave, consultant anaesthetist (Cavburnie{at}
  1. Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny NP7 7EG

    EDITOR—By using as their denominator figure the number of consultants eligible for discretionary points, Esmail et al introduce a flaw to their hypothesis.1

    Not all eligible consultants apply for discretionary points. Those that do not apply will not be considered and will not receive them. Their finding that non-white and female consultants have fewer points could be because more of these categories do not apply for them.


    • Competing interests None declared.


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