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Independents' Day

Model contract tilts towards the employee

We have long held the view that the terms and conditions of the model contract are heavily tilted in favour of the employee.

A contract of employment is to protect the employer as much as the employee.

The time allowed for study, PDP and administration are disproportionately high for what most salaried doctors actually do.

In some ways it can be treated by the employee as extended holiday, the entitlement for which is already very generous in this contract.

Surely the model contract should not have been designed in order to promote partnership (which is what has been implied).

Partnerships are not for all doctors and the contract should be a fair and negotiated agreement between employer and employee.

Also, the documentation is not specific enough. I would vote for a radical rethink. The current contract is out of date and unusable.

Tom Ganner, practice manager, Stratford-upon-Avon

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