Unfinished Business: what do you know about it?
- By: Alan Naftalin
Unfinished Business: Proposals for the Reform of Senior House Officer Grade was published by the Department of Health on 21 August 2002 as a consultation document. The report has a wider brief than just reforming the senior house officer grade and strays into reform of the non-training non-consultant grade and into restructuring the certificate of completion of specialist training years. This will affect all practising doctors and medical students future careers if it is approved and implemented.
The puzzling thing is that the journals that are read by trainees and medical students show little interest. Speaking to the preregistration house officers at my trust in the middle of October, I learnt that none of the 15 present (almost all of them recent UK graduates), had heard of the document.
I work in a busy district general hospital with an active academic centre. There are lots of trainees who generally get