Published: 01/07/2004, Volume II3, No. 5912 Page 6

Department of Health workforce modernisation director Andrew Foster (pictured) says he will consider a move to impose a mandatory cut-off date by which consultants must sign up to the new contract or lose any claim to back pay in July.Mr Foster spoke to HSJ following a conference break-out session on pay modernisation.

'We will be doing another data collection [on numbers of contracts offered and number of acceptances] in early July and will then take a view on whether we need to intervene, ' said Mr Foster.'If numbers [of acceptances] have continued to climb according to the last count and we are at 95 per cent, then of course there will be no need.'

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