The letter, which was sent to every employer in the Health Service throughout the UK, was sign by the Chief Medical Officers of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Chair of the GMC and Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director for NHS England.
An extract from the letter reads:
"The part time work these people undertake alongside their clinical duties contributes a great deal to the quality and safety of patient care, medical education and to the planning, delivery and independent assurance of the safety and effectiveness of both local and regional health services.
We understand that in the current climate there is considerable pressure on local resources and that you will need to take account of that and ensure that contractual commitments are applied appropriately. However we hope you will regard such activity by your clinical staff as an investment in our Health Services and a reflection of the high standards in your organisation. The experience gained by these individuals should be of direct benefit to the unit in which they work."
Download and read the full letter below: