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New consultant contract has improved the quality of care, BMA claims

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7555.1412-f (Published 15 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1412
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    Short term financial cuts in some trusts in England are threatening the major gains brought by the new consultant contract, the BMA warned at the latest hearing of the parliamentary health select committee into workforce planning.

    The deputy chairman of the BMA's consultants' committee, Jonathan Fielden, said that the new contract had fostered collaboration between consultants and managers and helped make dramatic improvements in some areas of work, such as meeting emergency department targets and cutting numbers of cancelled operations.

    “Unfortunately, that partnership is put under stress by centrally driven short term measures,” said Dr Fielden. “Where relations are fractured you will …

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