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When I was a medical student, I remember a junior doctor telling me that he often made spot diagnoses of people in the street. He just couldn't switch off from doctor mode.
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When the last junior doctor contract was negotiated there was a focus on reducing working hours. Long hours meant that junior doctors pretty much lived in the hospital and stories of people falling asleep on the job were commonplace. The rationale for reducing hours was to improve patient safety and the working lives of doctors in training.
Tags: contracts, junior doctors, hours of work, junior contracts
The CfWI (Centre for Workforce Intelligence) published Shape of the Medical Workforce: Starting the Debate on the Future Consultant Workforce in February last year, which looked at some of the issues that needed to be considered around the future consultant workforce.
Tags: consultants, consultants committee, contracts, job planning, job appointments
A recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine showed that almost one in five junior doctors did not know the name of the health secretary and seven out of ten junior doctors did not know that clinical commissioning groups are now responsible for purchasing health care services.
Tags: junior doctors, contracts, pay, hours of work
The focus of much of the comment, coverage and concerns about the government’s proposed changes to the GP contract have fallen on how GP partners will have to manage the impact of the double whammy of rising workload and contracting resources.
Tags: general practitioners committee, contracts, england
This week, I spoke at an event called Better Contracts, Better Care. The event was hosted by NHS Employers and provided an opportunity to put forward doctors’ views on the recent proposals to change the junior doctor contract, and to review consultant excellence awards and terms and conditions
Tags: junior contract, consultant contract, nhs employers, contracts
What is it about some surveys that encourage people to complete them? Are you a natural filler-in or a knee-jerk deleter? Do you simply ignore or frantically start clicking away with a bevy of views? Whatever your natural inclination, the latest BMA survey for GPs on changes to our contract is one that you should not ignore.
Tags: general practioners committee, contracts, england, scotland, clinical commissioning group
Happy New Year to you all. It already looks as though 2013 will be another challenging one.
Tags: pensions, NHS reform, pay, contracts, revalidation, public health
Consultants’ PAs (programmed activities) are under scrutiny as never before, with many trusts trying to squeeze the time spent on supporting professional activities.
A little scrutiny on members’ behalf is needed too, as shown by a recent case that recovered £19,000 in back pay for one doctor.
Tags: BMA regional services in England, consultants, contracts, changing contracts, SPAs, T&Cs, pay
A recently appointed consultant was told her previous experience would not count towards seniority in a new post. The problem, the trust said, was that her experience had come in the form of ‘various locum agency posts’. This was misleading. In fact, there were three postings, each lasting several months and based within NHS hospitals.
Tags: consultants, contracts, on-call work, locums, seniority
The consultant contract provides for ‘reasonable cover’ for absent colleagues. But what is reasonable?
Tags: Consultants, contracts, working conditions, pay, locums
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