Consultant contract has not resulted in any increased productivity

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1063
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Consultants in England are now being paid on average 27% more than they were three years ago but are working fewer hours and are less productive, says a highly critical report published by MPs.

    Doctors' leaders, however, have rejected much of what the report says, claiming that criticism of consultants and their pay is “unfair and relentless.”

    The parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts' report into the new consultants' contract, published this week, says that it has been a costly failure so far and that its introduction in 2003 has cost £150m (€210m; $310m) more than the government estimated. It says that most of the contract's aims had failed to materialise.

    The Department of Health agreed a new national contract …

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