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Government plans shake up in NHS pay

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 02 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:10
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    The UK government has told the doctors' pay review body that it wants to see “an updated and modernised contract” for consultants, which fits in with the new NHS.

    Mr Alan Milburn, the minister for health, in a letter to the review body's chairman, Mr Brandon Gough, acknowledges that the current contract shares its origins with the birth of the NHS. There is now an opportunity to negotiate a new contract “which will see consultants working alongside managers, not only to deliver key service priorities but also to help to decide local NHS goals.”

    Mr Milburn admits that most consultants work hard for the …

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