§ Mr. Milburn
Self-employment has both advantages and disadvantages for both the national health service and the contractors concerned. who will take these into account when making decisions on how best to pursue their professions.
The national health service already directly employs doctors, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists in the hospital and community health sectors.
The national health service Acts currently require health authorities to arrange for the provision of primary care, generally through independent contractors. Pilots that may be introduced under the NHS (Primary Care) Act 1997 could extend to doctors and dentists options for salaried service in this sector.