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NHS Employers has agreed a joint statement with the British Medical Association to acknowledge the contribution of consultant, consultant clinical academic and SAS doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the flexibilities which they have offered to support the response. 

Contractual provisions are in place to ensure the health and safety of doctors, which remains paramount. We would therefore advise that any departures from the contractual terms, agreed job plans and working patterns should be limited as much as is possible and for as short a time as necessary.

This advisory notice supports a similar joint statement issued recently regarding doctors and dentists in training.

If you have any queries, or requests for additional guidance that will help you support your workforce to deliver patient care, please email

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