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MPs say NHS consultants should not do private work

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7254.133 (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:133
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The British government should make it a “long term objective” that consultants in the NHS should not practise privately, says a report of the House of Commons health committee's inquiry into consultants' contracts.

    Of the 23000 consultants in the NHS, 16000 do some private practice. Those on whole time contracts (58% of all consultants) must not receive more than 10% of their NHS salary from private practice. Those with a maximum part time contract (24%) receive 10/11 of the NHS salary and have no limit on their private earnings.

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