Reforming the consultant contract again?: Acute trusts should prioritise care of urgently ill patients

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1343-c (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1343
  1. Adam P Fitzpatrick (adam.fitzpatrick@cmmc.nhs.uk), consultant cardiologist
  1. Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

    EDITOR—It is a paradox that, if NHS consultants eradicate waiting lists, they might experience less success in the private sector.1 The new contract will not eradicate private practice, and often NHS acute trusts cannot provide bespoke care but crisis management. Patients pay extra for fast, client oriented care with a consultant of their choice.

    One major cause of this situation is the need to reduce waiting …

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