Consultants vote against contract
- By: David Woolf
Consultants recently voted overwhelmingly to reject their proposed new contract.
Across the United Kingdom, 63% of consultants and 84% of specialist registrars voted against the contract, but the result varied considerably across the United Kingdom. In England and Wales the contract was rejected by 66% of voters, whereas in Scotland and Northern Ireland the contract is being introduced after most consultants voted in favour.
The proposals would see an average increase in a consultant's NHS pay of 15% for an increase in contracted hours of 14%. There would be new restrictions imposed on private work and consultants could have to work until 10 pm on weekdays and on weekend mornings.
Chairman of the BMA, Dr Ian Bogle, said, “Those who have rejected this contract have done so because they fear that the new contract will increase the pressures on them.”
In the wake of the vote, Alan Milburn, the health