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New consultants' contract sees pay bill rise by 38% in Scotland

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:568
  1. Christie Bryan
  1. Edinburgh

    Implementation of the new UK contract for consultants has cost £235m (€345m; $410m) in Scotland, yet so far there is no clear evidence that it is helping to improve the care of patients.

    Audit Scotland has carried out the first independent examination in the United Kingdom of the effect of the new contract, which was introduced in April 2004. The contract was the first major change in consultants' terms and conditions since the NHS began in 1948.

    Audit Scotland's report has found that the pay bill for consultants has increased by 38% as a result of the contract. It says the contract offers an opportunity to focus the work of consultants on priorities …

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