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  • Sunday, March 12, 2006

    Hewitt admits NHS waiting times to increase

    The deepening crisis in the mismanaged NHS means that patients will have to wait longer for operations. This report from today's Observer:

    Under a pay deal signed in 2003, consultants were paid for the first time for the amount that they actually worked in exchange for more management involvement. The deal was based on the government's belief that the average consultant worked only a 44-hour week, but they discovered that most of them were working far beyond those hours.

    The extra pay, which last year swallowed up £1.86bn of the extra £3.6bn earmarked for hospital and community spending, left NHS managers with little extra money for the investments they wanted to make, while they still had to meet demanding waiting list targets.

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