Thursday, April 19, 2007

Another NHS pay blunder?

The Daily Mail carries this story on NHS pay, and in particular consultants pay, which has risen by £20,000 in the last 2 years for less work.

This is because apparently the number of hours that a consultant worked was underestimated by the government so when it tightened the hours it got it wrong.

According to the National Audit Office the consultants are getting 27% more pay for less work, rather than more. The NAO blames ministers and health managers.

Mind you I knew about this years ago, and assumed every one else did as well. I know of one consultant who used to do autopsies for the money, but now no longer needs to as she has that money as of right.

They ship in a consultant from London to do them once a week instead.

The law of unintended consequences. Brilliant.

Dr John Reid was in charge at the time. Sort of explains why the Home Office is so well run now.

The BBC has this.

For more on the NHS see here.

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