Wednesday 21 March 2018

Contracts failing public patients

WHEN agreement was reached with consultants on a new contract, after years of tortuous negotiation, it was hailed as the dawn of a new era for the health service.

The aim was to reduce the ratio of private to public patients being treated by consultants, so that public patients would have a better chance of being seen sooner.

Many consultants received a big salary increase but could no longer charge a private fee no matter how many insured patients they treated. Many more received a smaller, but substantial, increase in return for confining the number of private patients they treated to a defined ratio.

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