Restrictions on consultants’ non-contracted hours
Restrictions on consultants’ non-contracted hours – NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel published two discussion papers
On June 8, 2009 the Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP) published two discussion papers as part of its study of restrictions on NHS consultants’ ability to work for alternative providers of NHS-funded services during their non-contracted hours.
The study was commissioned by Department of Health and Monitor as a result of concerns that these restrictions are preventing providers from offering new services, and that this could be having an adverse effect on patient choice and competition.
The two discussion papers summarise the information provided to the CCP so far and set out some preliminary views based on this evidence.
The first discussion paper identifies various restrictions on consultants’ use of their non-contracted hours arising from the consultant contract and elsewhere. This providesimportant context for the study. The second discussion paper focuses on the effect of the various restrictions that have been observed and the resulting costs and benefits to patients and taxpayers.
The CCP has been asked to report by 28 August 2009. Its findings will be made public and act as advice to the Secretary of State for Health and to Monitor, the regulatory body for NHS Foundation Trusts.