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Should SAS doctors be able to share their on-call rota with consultant colleagues?

One of the motions submitted to this year's SAS Conference asks that SAS doctors practicing at a senior level should be given the option to share their on-call rota with consultant colleagues - and be remunerated accordingly. 

Do you agree with this? 

3 replies

  • I doubt if there is an easy yes or no to this question, because there are so many different circumstances and the question is a bit ambiguous. Are we asking if a consultant can join in an SAS rota; or it is the other way round? the wording definitely suggests the former but I have a feeling that the proposer did not mean that at all, and is really asking if SAS doctors can be on the consultant rota and have the same pay as the consultants. If that is the question, then I would say that whether or not the SAS doctor can be on the consultant rota depends very much on local circumstances, and the level of experience of that doctor; it would have to be decided internally. I know of no 'contractual' or 'legal' reason why they should not be and I know of many associate specialists who already hold the consultant rota together. As to payment: well, that would depend on whether  they working totally alone, in which case yes, or whether they are able to contact a consultant if they need advice (and I feel that ought to be the case if they are not on the specialist register).

  • In reply to Christine Robison:

    Hi Christine, thanks for your reply. For clarity, this is the exact wording of the motion - apologies if we lost anything in translation:

    Motion by WELSH SASC: That this Conference calls on the BMA to put pressure on employers, that those SAS doctors practicing at senior levels
    with independent practice should be given the option to share their on-call rota with consultant colleagues and be remunerated accordingly. Failing to
    do so risks promoting a sub consultant grade which the BMA opposes.

  • In reply to Community Manager:

    thanks for clarifying the wording. The other point of view of course is that if SAS doctors are providing a consultant service 'on the cheap' then is that not just a subconsultant grade in disguise?


    So sorry I will miss the conference this year!