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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7183.3b (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3b-7183

Among many modernisations, New Labour has the consultant contract firmly in its sights (Health Services Journal 1999;11 Feb:20-2). Essentially unchanged since the inception of the health service in 1948, the split between public and private work looks increasingly anomalous, but resolving it could be messy: most consultants actually exceed their contracted hours for the NHS for pay that fares poorly in international comparisons. Greater transparency using “work-sensitive contracts” may be among the solutions.

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