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NHS pay rises must lead to better services, say MPs

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:940
  1. Jeremy Davies
  1. Manchester

    The Department of Health must ensure that the extra money it is spending on doctors' and other health professionals' pay is matched by productivity gains, a cross party committee of MPs warned this week.

    The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee made its comments in a progress report on the three year, £61bn ($110bn; €88bn) package of increased public spending announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, in July 2002. In the report MPs emphasised that the government departments that received the biggest funding increases—the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Skills, and the Department of Transport—must assure themselves that spending on higher …

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