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    • 1 Aug 2019
    The recent pay uplift announced by the Westminster Government was incredibly disappointing for our members, and for consultants as a whole across the NHS in England. Not only have ministers failed to recognise or reward the work and commitment of many experienced and senior doctors, they have also taken decisions that will only make the situation much worse. It remains to be seen what the governments in Scotland, Wales...
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    • 18 Jul 2019
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