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Are consultants’ mouths still stuffed with gold?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 22 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4509
  1. Mark S MacGregor, associate medical director, John Stevenson Lynch Renal Unit, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock
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In 2003 consultants received a substantial pay rise, but 10 years of pay cuts, increased hours, and other contractual changes have eaten it up, writes Mark MacGregor


  • I am grateful to Karen Bloor, professor of health economics and policy at the University of York, for helpful comments.

  • Competing interests: I have read and understood BMJ policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I am a consultant and therefore personally affected by the contract and pay changes described in this article.

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