We need to reform doctors' contracts
Commenting on proposals to reform medical pay structures, Chris Hopson, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network said:
“We need doctors’ contracts that are affordable, improve productivity, reward performance and put patients’ interests first. These reports are important steps to achieving these objectives and we welcome them. Clinical excellence awards, for example, should be a reward for work that goes well beyond normal contracted working. They shouldn’t be forever but something to be earned throughout a consultant’s career.
“We also welcome the idea that progression through pay scales should be based on performance and contribution, not time served. This is a principle that should be applied across everyone’s pay in NHS, as the Government is now trying to do in education.”
Notes to editors:
The Foundation Trust Network (FTN) is the membership organisation for the NHS acute hospitals and community, mental health and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. The FTN helps those NHS trusts deliver high quality, patient focussed, care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system in which they operate. The FTN has over 210 members – more than 90% of all NHS foundation trusts and aspirant trusts – who collectively account for £65 billion of annual expenditure and employ more than 630,000 staff.