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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Pay of distinction

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 27 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c498
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    “No funds available: please remove card” flashed on the screen. I flushed in embarrassment and swore viciously under my breath. This is no way to impress a first date. I turned and smiled: “You couldn’t lend me a fiver?” She laughed and offered me a tenner.

    Money is important: it reflects status and responsibility. General practitioners have been in the news recently for being overpaid. Now it is the turn of consultants, because the Scottish government has their “distinction awards” …

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