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Doctors are being denied time off for non-clinical work

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3470 (Published 18 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3470
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Doctors are finding it increasingly difficult to secure time away from their trusts to undertake national work with organisations such as the General Medical Council and the Care Quality Commission.

Last month Terence Stephenson, chair of the GMC, Bruce Keogh, national medical director for NHS England, and the UK’s chief medical officers wrote to employers asking them to look “favourably” on requests from doctors applying for absence to undertake non-clinical work.1

Phil de Warren-Penny, consultant psychiatrist and member of the BMA consultant’s committee, told The BMJ that trusts were less willing to allow consultants time off for work that was not aligned with their own objectives.

“National work, even if it’s within a job plan, doesn’t lend itself to clear objectives that are aligned with the …

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