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Reforming the consultant contract again?: Applied in partnership, the contract works for both consultants and patients

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1343
  1. Jonathan M Fielden (, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine
  1. Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading RG1 5AN

    EDITOR—Maynard and Bloor show no benefit of financial incentives, rather their limitations, divisions, and distortions, with regard to the consultant contract.1 Most recent changes in health have not been driven by such incentives.

    Overall, 85% of consultants have signed up to the new contract. Surveys show that a third are already seeing improvements. …

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