NHS chief executive denies BMA took health department “for a ride” over GP contract

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:739
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Department of Health officials have denied accusations that they were “taken for a ride” by the BMA over the new GP contract.

MPs on the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts quizzed health department officials last week as part of their inquiry into the National Audit Office’s report on pay modernisation for GP services in England, published in February (BMJ 2008;336:465, 1 Mar; doi: 10.1136/bmj.39504.525301.4E).

Committee chairman Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, quoted figures from the report when asking questions of witness David Nicholson, NHS chief executive.

“You spent, Mr Nicholson, £1.8bn [€2.3bn; $3.6bn] more than expected, but people still …

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