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.
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. In 2016, we again sought views from employers who told us that there was no case for national change.
We are aware of some employers who have departed from the national terms and conditions of service and have granted additional annual leave to match that of consultants. NHS Employers is expected to enter negotiations with the BMA in 2020 on SAS contractual reform where existing arrangements will be reviewed, including the current leave entitlement.