09 / 2 / 2015 9am
Doctors contracted under the 2008 Specialty Doctor terms and conditions of service (England)
are entitled to five or six weeks annual leave depending on service in the grade.
There is no plan to grant additional leave under the national specialty doctor contract and any trusts granting this are doing so as a departure from national terms and conditions of service.
NHS Employers undertook comprehensive and extended negotiation with the British Medical Association at the time of introduction of the contract and agreed the current leave entitlement.
In 2012, the British Medical Association asked us to consider increasing the specialty doctor leave entitlement to match that of consultants. At that time, we sought views from employers who told us that in the current financial climate it was not possible to justify awarding additional annual leave days to staff groups who are not already contractually entitled to them. This remains NHS Employers' position.