The contract had aimed to "properly reward consultants so that more NHS patients benefit from their time and skills" and was designed to use a "reward strategy" to secure benefits for patients.
But the report found that despite substantial increases in pay – a 50% rise between 2001 and 2005 – there was little evidence of changes to working practices.
The report comes as Health Emergency claims firms involved with NHS projects under New Labour’s flagship Private Finance Initiative are "bleeding" millions of pounds in profits.
Comment: and New Labour are still claiming that they are running the health economy and the country well. I’ll have to invent a better word to describe the abject incompetence of this Govt.