18 / 11 / 2013 Midnight
NHS Employers welcomes the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ report ‘Seven Day Consultant Present Care’.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“We have said for some time that there is a growing consensus about the importance of seven day care. This report makes it overwhelming support. Seven day care is an area we have to get right, alongside high standards and compassionate care. This gives greater impetus and urgency to the negotiations currently taking place about doctors’ terms and conditions of employment.
“The British Medical Association recently confirmed their support for seven day care and that’s great. But while doctors highlight the complexity of introducing seven day care, employers believe there’s a simple message that must get through if we are to move from discussion to implementation - we need to change the elements in the doctors' terms and conditions that are getting in the way of progress. This includes changes to the veto consultants have regarding when they work, to bring them in line with other staff.
“Employers also want to see pay progression for our consultants linked more closely to local needs – just like we have for other staff. And we need to extend plain time working to facilitate seven day care.
“Other staff like nurses, support staff, cleaners and other health professionals have already accepted the importance of changes to terms and conditions of employment and we need consultants to accept that too. It’s not complex, it’s not hard, but it is urgent and NHS patients need it to happen. This is a good time for doctors to show leadership in the cause of patient safety every day of the week.”
Notes to Editors
Agreement has just been reached on the GP’s contract.
Changes that apply to staff on Agenda for Change
(which includes nurses and support staff) were agreed and then implemented in April 2013