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Consultant contract treated unfairly, says BMA
Inaccurate media coverage of the consultant contract is unfairly blaming it for the current NHS debt crisis being experienced by some Trusts, according to the British Medical Association. The BMA said the unbudgeted overspend of around £90m for the implementation of the new contract was ìminimal compared to the overall NHS debt of approximately £900mî. It also said consultants earn a basic salary starting at £69,298 going up to £93,768 after they have completed 20 years of NHS service as a consultant.

Unions call for NHS showdown
Unions have asked for crisis talks with Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, after hospital trusts announced more than 4,000 jobs cuts. The Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives and four other health workers' unions said there were real concerns over further job cuts being announced in the near future. Unison's head of health, Karen Jennings said the threat of more redundancies in the NHS emerged daily and that unions wanted to put forward some positive proposals to ease the crisis. However, Hewitt has claimed that only a minority of health trusts are in the red and they can achieve financial stability over the next year as long as they work more efficiently.

30th September 2008

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