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Specialists in Public Hospitals

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What are sessional rates and how do they work?

Sessional rates (and sessions) are old terms for hourly rates of pay and fractional appointments or proportions. A session was conventionally 3.5 hours, which was equal to a fraction of 0.1. However, under the fractional system a specialist should be employed and paid for the number of hours per week needed to fulfil the various components of the job. A doctor could work a fraction of 0.15 per week, in other words a 3.5 hour outpatient session plus two ward rounds each week which take up an extra 1.75 hours.

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