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.