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Letter: Royal in the clear.

Byline: N Vaswani

I AM writing further to your front page article on Monday, December 13, regarding a recent report published by Dr Mohib Khan, chairman of the British Medical Association, representing hospital staff and associated specialists.

The article concerned hospitals which are accused of exploiting overseas staff and associate specialist doctors, and featured a pho- to graph of me standing in front of the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

I want to make it clear that the Royal Liverpool is not one of those hospitals that the BMA is singling out for special criticism.

I was speaking in my capacity as a British Medical Association SAS doctors representative, and not as an employee of the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The BMA is concerned about the national terms and conditions of Staff Grade and Associate Specialist (SAS) grades currently working for the National Health Service.

As the article made clear, the management at the Royal have followed the national guidelines for SAS overseas doctors.

The BMA is not happy with the current national terms and conditions, and the issues highlighted by the BMA are currently being considered by the Department of Health.

It is hoped that new terms will be presented and agreed by all the bodies concerned.

However, the main thrust of the BMA's criticism is locally negotiated contracts at some other hospitals, including some in other parts of Merseyside and Cheshire, which are on less favourable terms than the national guidelines.

We have been assured that the Royal Liverpool will continue to comply with nationally agreed contracts.

N Vaswani, BMA SAS Regional Representative
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Date:Jan 12, 2005
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