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These documents will provide a basis for discussions with the medical profession about how we can ensure national medical contracts that are affordable and fit for purpose for staff, employers and especially patients.
The reports outline a compelling case for change and make a number of important recommendations and observations. In particular,
they aim to recognise the need to provide the growing number of doctors completing specialist training with a clearer career path on national terms and conditions
to reward excellence and promote both the highest quality of care and medical education
to support our ambition for an increasingly consultant delivered service.
The Government is committed to work with the profession on these recommendations and proposals with a view to reaching agreement with doctors’ representatives on how they should be implemented.
The Department of Health (DH) commissioned the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration Body to review Clinical Excellence Awards and asked NHS Employers to review the strength and weaknesses of the current contract for junior doctors. The DH received these reports in 2011, and set them aside pending clarification on the reform of the public sector pensions.