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Retain clinical excellence awards, but cap sum and number of recipients, says DDRB

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8585
  1. Helen Jaques, news reporter
  1. 1BMJ Careers
  1. hjaques{at}

Clinical excellence and distinction awards for consultants in the NHS in the United Kingdom should be retained, but the maximum sums on offer and the number of awards available should be capped, the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) has said.

The independent body’s report says that national awards should be available to a maximum of 10% of consultants and be capped at £40 000 (€49 000; $65 000) a year, £35 000 less than at present. Local awards should be available to 25% of doctors and be capped at £35 000 a year, it says.1

In 2010, 9.7% of UK consultants and clinical academics held national clinical excellence or distinction awards, worth …

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