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Senior Doctors 'Have No Time to Innovate'

Magazine article Public Finance

Senior Doctors 'Have No Time to Innovate'

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Innovation in the NHS could be stifled because hospital consultants have less time to devote to developing new services, doctors' leaders said this week.

The findings are based on a British Medical Association postal survey of 2.093 consultants across the UIv, conducted in May. It asked consultants about the amount of time they spent with patients, the composition of their clinical and nonclinical responsibilities and potential changes to their working arrangements in the future.

Under their standard contract, consultants should have ten hours a week available for Supporting Professional Activities. This allows them to introduce new services, conduct research and clinical governance and train junior doctors.

But more than a fifth - 21% - said time spent on SPAs had been reduced since die consultant contract took effect in 2004. Only 7% said time spent on SPAs had increased.

More than one in seven said their employer had reduced the number of SPAs for all consultants and 24% said their employer had reduced SPAs for newly appointed consultants. …

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