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Hike in SAS doctors moving onto new contract

The numbers of SAS doctors working on the new contract has grown significantly in the past year, a survey reveals.

BMA research shows that 80% of associate specialists and 64% of staff grade/specialty doctors are now working on new contracts, compared to 37% and 25% respectively in 2009.

Over half of associate specialist respondents working on the old contract are in the process of moving to the new contract, with the most common stage reached being the agreement of a job plan and awaiting a new contract.

Seven in 10 staff grade doctors on the old contract are in the process of moving to the new contract, with the most common stage reached being the expression of interest and awaiting a reply.

The most common reason as to why associate specialist and staff grade respondents elected not to move to the new contract, according to BMA research, was that current terms and conditions were better.

The survey of over 900 doctors also suggests that workloads have risen in 2010.

The report authors say: “Associate specialists on the new contract are now contracted to work an average of 10.9 PAs in total compared to 10.4 PAs in 2009. Specialty doctors are now contracted to work a total of 11.1 PAs compared to 10.5 PAs in 2009.

“The rise can be attributed to an increase in the number of PAs for additional NHS duties respondents on the new contract are now contracted to work. Associate specialist respondents are now reporting an average of 1.7 PAs on additional NHS duties compared to 0.3 Pas in 2009. Specialty doctors are reporting that their PAs for additional NHS duties have risen from 0.2 PAs in 2009 to 1.8 PAs.”

When it comes to career progression, associate specialists are now less likely to indicate that their career goal is their current grade compared to 2009, whereas a higher proportion of staff grade doctors are now indicating that their current grade is their career goal (up 12% on 2009).

Associate specialist and staff grade/specialty doctor respondents are now slightly more likely to indicate that the new contract has or would make them less motivated in their job. There was no change in the overall level of job satisfaction year on year for either associate specialist or staff grade doctors. The average level of satisfaction was 3.35, where one equals very dissatisfied and five equals very satisfied.

Read the full report.

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