Government will not know for years whether consultants' contract has paid off

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:919
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The government has admitted that it will have to wait years before it discovers whether there are real productivity gains from the new consultants' contract.

    NHS leaders also told the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts last week that lessons had been learnt from mistakes made when the contract was introduced, such as not piloting it before implementation. They were giving evidence as part of the committee's inquiry into the consultants' contract.

    The session was prompted by the publication earlier this month of a report from the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office (BMJ 2007;334:865, 28 …

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