Health Insight March 2001: Angry consultants
The government and the BMA are still at loggerheads over the new contracts for consultants which have been proposed in the NHS plan for England. The most contentious element is that new consultants would have to work exclusively for the NHS for seven years before they could also undertake private work. More formalised job plans, which include details of each consultant's expected contribution towards out-of-hours services, are also proposed.
Negotiations between doctors and the DoH have been described as 'ill-tempered'. Dr Peter Hawker, who chairs the BMA's consultants' committee, says the government has 'underestimated the very real anger of consultants'. The government is expected to publish its proposals shortly. The negotiations will continue.
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