“No” vote frees £250m

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1129
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The health secretary, Alan Milburn, vowed last week to press ahead with reforms in the health service and to use money promised in the consultants' contract to buy more of doctors' time for the NHS.

    Speaking in front of the health select committee, Mr Milburn told ministers that the £250m ($400m;€390m) promised in the proposed contract for consultants and “liberated” by the doctors' rejection of the contract could now be used to “incentivise” doctors to do more work for the NHS.

    After expressing disappointment that the long negotiated contract …

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