Headlines: August 16th, 2002

Junior doctors won’t be backing the new consultant contract, which is to offer increased payments to consultants in exchange for modernised working practices.Junior members of the profession say that it will unduly penalise people at the beginning of their career, and doesn’t do enough to support doctors working part-time.

They are unhappy at the proposals to restrict new consultants working privately for the first seven years of their consultant careers, to redefine the definition of the ‘working day’ so that even as consultants they may be forced to work unsocial hours, and generally what they describe as the potential for ‘excessive management control’.

The Junior Doctors’ Committee of the BMA has formally rejected the proposals.

Link: www.bma.org.uk