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Health: Research

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what allocation of time is made available in the new NHS consultant contract to further the legal requirement in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to promote research.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The current version of the National Health Service consultant contract incorporates all amendments, as at 1 September 2009. In the contract, no time is made specifically available to promote research, but supporting professional activities that underpin direct clinical care may include participation in research. The allocation of time in consultant job plans is a matter for local agreement between individual consultants and their employers.

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