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Consultants profit too much from private work, says health secretary

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1428/c (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1428
  1. Helen Morant
  1. BMJ

    The health secretary, Alan Milburn, has criticised consultants for profiting excessively from private work, describing the practice as one of the perverse incentives operating in Britain's NHS. “Consultants on maximum part time contracts earn nearly as much from the private sector as…from the NHS,” he said.

    Mr Milburn, who was speaking to an audience of health service managers at the Royal College of Surgeons last week, asked: “Why is it that despite large increases in consultant numbers over the last few decades, the average time people have had to …

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