Published: 15/08/2002, Volume III, No. 5818 Page 8

New guidance on the consultants' contract from Andrew Foster, NHS director of human resources, has been welcomed by consultants' leader Dr Peter Hawker as allaying consultants' fears that they might be forced to work evenings or weekends.'The guidance will ensure that this work is built into planned sessions, 'Dr Hawker said.'Consultants should remember that they are in a sellers'market.The NHS needs our skills and expertise, and sensible trusts who want to recruit and retain will not push their consultants into unacceptable or unreasonable work patterns.'