Labour markets in the UK National Health Service: incentives, contracts and health care teams

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The 1991 UK National Health Service reforms introduced explicit market mechanisms into the purchasing and provision of health care. The clinical labour market has however remained relatively unchanged, despite progressive encouragement to shift towards local pay determination. This letter explores the possibilities of applying simple concepts derived from labour economic theory to the operation of clinical labour markets, and generates hypotheses of how incentives in the labour market could perhaps be used to affect the efficiency of health care teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998

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