Discrimination in discretionary points award scheme: Discretionary points have to be applied forBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7400.1215 (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1215
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.
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