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Consultants’ contracts: could do better

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 12 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3701
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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Doctors complain about the inconvenience when their children’s schools close for teacher training. The logic runs like this: why can’t this training be done during their generous holiday period, and, anyway, how much does teaching actually change year to year? And why don’t teachers run after school activities anymore?

I suppose these frustrations are down to teachers’ contracts. And now doctors also have new contracts. General practitioners gave up responsibility for out of hours care and got a pay rise. Today general practitioners are criticised …

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