Doctors vote to accept new deal

NHS
consultants have voted favour of accepting a new contract.

The
British Medical Association said 60 per cent voted in favour of the contract in
the ballot which comes after the original proposals were rejected in a previous
vote last year.

Health
secretary John Reid claimed the result was good for both for the NHS and
patients.

The
new contract means that there will be:


No compulsion to do non-emergency work at evenings or weekends


Extra recognition for evening and weekend work


A fair and balanced appeals procedure to resolve disputes about pay progression
and job plans

By Quentin Reade

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