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Department sends doctors' productivity data to trusts in value for money bid

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:62
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Trusts throughout England have this week been sent statistics from the Department of Health, which show the most and least productive doctors in five surgical and five medical specialties in their hospital.

    The potentially controversial data have been compiled by academics at the University of York's department of health sciences. In an article published in this week's Health Service Journal (2006;116(6013):18-19) researchers Karen Bloor and Alan Maynard point out that, between 2001 and 2005, the basic starting salary for NHS consultants increased by almost 50%.

    “In most industries, employers would expect pay increases to be accompanied by improvements in ‘productivity,’” they state. “Although this is less usual in public services, the Department of Health must demonstrate to the Treasury and to voters that the new contract has delivered value for money, and in the case of consultants that the potential benefits of the contract are realised.”

    But Jonathan Fielden, deputy …

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