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Pushy middle-class patients may be getting themselves referred to hospital at the expense of their poorer counterparts, Government-funded re- search suggests.
The study, to be published in March's Social Science and Medicine, found people on low incomes were more likely than those better off to visit their GP but less likely to be referred.
Lead researcher Professor Hugh Gravelle, professor of economics at the University of York, warned pressure on referrals could exacerbate inequalities. The Government should 'be thinking about who gets referred', he said.